Dancing Sweeties (1930) is an American Pre-Code romantic comedy film with music directed by Ray Enright, released by Warner Bros., and starring Grant Withers and Sue Carol. The film is based on the story Three Flights Up by Harry Fried. Carol, then under contract to Fox Film, was loaned out to Warner Bros. for the making of this film.
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|Directed by||Ray Enright|
|Written by||Gordon Rigby|
|Based on||"Three Flights Up"|
by Harry Fried
|Music by||Cecil Copping|
|Edited by||George Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Grant Withers is a conceited dancer who spends all his free time dancing. He leaves his partner Edna Murphy, after seeing Sue Carol in the dance hall. He enters the waltz contest with Carol and ends up winning the first prize. Soon after they are convinced to marry by Sid Silvers (the dance hall manager), who needs a new couple to marry in a live ceremony in the dance-hall after another couple cancelled. He convinces them when he offers them a free furnished apartment which the other couple forfeited by not showing up. Withers' and Carol's parents are shocked by news of the marriage. Withers soon gets bored of home-life and the in-laws and yearns for dancing again. He convinces Carol to join him in a dance contest, but when she is unable to perform the dance steps of a new fox-trot, they fight. The fighting continues until they split up. After a while, Grant realizes what he has lost but thinks it may be too late to patch things up.
- "The Kiss Waltz" (Sung by Grant Withers and Sue Carol)
- "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" (Cut from film before release)
The film survives complete and has been released by Warner Archive on DVD. It is also preserved at the Library of Congress.
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Dancing Sweeties
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress <-book title> p.39 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
- Barrios, Richard. A Song in the Dark (Oxford University Press, 1995)