Go Into Your Dance (1935)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 20, 1935 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

You'd think that anything called Go Into Your Dance and featuring Ruby Keeler would come to a climactic crescendo highlighting both Harry Warren and Al Dubin's title song and the little lady's talented feet. But you would be wrong. To do that would have meant ignoring the film's dominating star, Al Jolson, and that just wasn't in the cards in 1935. Instead, Jolson takes center stage, alone and in blackface, while offscreen wife Keeler is laid up with a bullet wound courtesy of a couple of thugs working for the "Other Woman," Helen Morgan. Happily, before turning homicidal, Morgan is allowed to display her legendary talents as well and her rendition of "The Little Things You Used to Do" positively steals the show. Jolson, meanwhile, performs "This Evening About a Quarter to Nine," "Mammy, I'll Sing About You," and "Latin From Manhattan," all by Warren and Dubin. The last mentioned proves mainly that Ruby Keeler wasn't the fiery type. Legend has it that Jolson refused to make any more films with his wife; in reality, the sentiment was probably shared by both.