Dance Hall


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.

By: PT


Release details

80 mins

Cast and crew

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