The Unfinished Dance (1947)

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Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »


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  • Karin Booth in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
  • Margaret O'Brien in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
  • Karin Booth in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
  • Elinor Donahue and Margaret O'Brien in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
  • Cyd Charisse in The Unfinished Dance (1947)
  • Margaret O'Brien in The Unfinished Dance (1947)

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13 July 2008 | blanche-2
7
| Good film if you like ballet and Margaret O'Brien
"The Unfinished Dance" is a color MGM film made in 1947 that depends on the star power and dancing ability of little Margaret O'Brien. Here she plays Meg, a nine-year-old ballet student enamored of the gorgeous prima ballerina, played by Cyd Charisse in a very early role. When the company brings in "La Darina" (Karin Booth) to do some performances, O'Brien is determined that she not succeed. In order for the dancer to be humiliated, she plans, with the help of a friend (Elinor Donahue), to douse the lights during her ballet. It all plays out, except that a trap door opens by mistake, and La Darina's career is over. When La Darina turns to teaching and takes a big interest in Meg's dancing, Meg's guilt becomes unbearable.

The ballet segments are beautiful, and while the intensity of O'Brien's performance may not be for everyone, she is excellent. I confess that she's always been a favorite of mine. Danny Thomas, in a role written for Danny Kaye, makes his debut in this film. It's a somewhat saccharine role, but he appoints himself well.

Charisse is good as a shallow, ambitious dancer who really isn't worthy of Meg's adoration, and Karin Booth is lovely as La Darina, and she's absolutely stunning to boot.

Not to everyone's taste, but a nice niche film from MGM.

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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Seattle Tuesday 6 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 13 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Cincinnati 15 September 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Philadelphia 5 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Honolulu 8 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in New Haven CT 22 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 5 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Hartford CT 8 November 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Binghamton NY 17 November 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Windsor ON (Serving Detroit) 26 November 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Lebanon PA 4 December 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Norfolk VA 1 January 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Los Angeles 20 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 28 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally reached New York City 31 January 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2) and Chicago 18 June 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.


Quotes

Fred Carleton: A crazy little creature.
Mr. Carleton's Date: A midget, huh?
Fred Carleton: No. No. A little girl, a child. Meg's her name.


Goofs

When Meg is running out of the locker room right after the "accident", a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cable can be seen on a pillar in the background.


Soundtracks

I Went Merrily Merrily on My Way
Words and music by
Sammy Fain & Irving Kahal
Sung by Danny Thomas

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