Dance Band

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Dance Band
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U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by Marcel Varnel
Written by
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Cinematography Bryan Langley
Edited by Sidney Cole
Music by Harry Acres (musical director)
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
29 May 1935 (London)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Dance Band is a 1935 British musical film directed by Marcel Varnel and starring Charles "Buddy" Rogers, June Clyde and Steven Geray. [1] It was shot at Welwyn Studios [2] with sets designed by the art director David Rawnsley.



When dance band leader Buddy Milton (Charles 'Buddy' Rogers) competes in a contest with a female orchestra, he falls in love with its leader, Pat Shelley (June Clyde). Intense rivalry between the two bands and the machinations of a crooked business manager (Fred Duprez), serve as romantic obstacles along the way.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "In "Dance Band," the new film at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, Charles (Buddy) Rogers resumes the boyish smile and mannerisms that he employed so successfully a few years ago. Rather more successful as a musician than as a romantic actor, he displays his versatility by playing almost every instrument in his jazz orchestra with skill. The story concerns two rival band leaders, Mr. Rogers and June Clyde, who meet under amusing if rather shopworn circumstances...The music, except for an excellent number called the Valparaiso, is commonplace." [3]

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  2. Wood, Linda (2009) [1st pub. 1986]. British Films 1927 - 1939 (PDF). London: BFI Library Services. p. 76. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  3. "Movie Review -- At the Brooklyn Fox. -".