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Dance Hall

  • Film
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Time Out says

Perhaps the closest the British cinema of its period came to a neo-realist fresco: a matrix of low-key melodramatic narratives converging on the communal (rather than institutional) core of the local palais, and on an upcoming dance contest. The diffuse focus on working-class women marks it as a welcome rarity (presumably to the credit of unsung Ealing screenwriter Diana Morgan), and even the domestic cliché situations communicate a lively sense of resistance to dominant social and economic austerity. Director Crichton moved on to some of the cosier Ealing comedies, but working on Dance Hall, as co-writer and editor respectively, were more abrasive talents Alexander Mackendrick and Seth Holt.
Written by PT

Release Details

  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Charles Crichton
  • Screenwriter:EVH Emmett, Diana Morgan, Alexander Mackendrick
  • Cast:
    • Natasha Parry
    • Diana Dors
    • Petula Clark
    • Jane Hylton
    • Donald Houston
    • Sydney Tafler
    • Kay Kendall
    • Bonar Colleano
    • Geraldo
    • Ted Heath
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