Tap! Filmography - The Feature Films

by bderoes-12985 | created - 30 Nov 2017 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

from Appendix B of Tap! The greatest tap dance stars and their stories, 1900-1955 by Rusty Frank, published 1990

"From the 1920s-1950s, there were very few musical films made that did not have tap dancing in some form. This appendix concentrates on "featured" tap dancers - solo, and groups. There are some entries listed here that have not been viewed since their original release. In these cases it is assumed that the tap dancer did perlorm a tap number in the film."

+ means information I added ++ is an entry from Jazz Dance: The Story Of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall & Jean Stearns, 1994 +++ is an entry that I added

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1. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 6,074 | Gross: $6.12M

MGM/ Bessie Love, Anita Page

2. The Dance of Life (1929)

115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts and in order to save money on the road, they get married.

Directors: John Cromwell, A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Hal Skelly, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier, Ralph Theodore

Votes: 248

Paramount/ Nancy Carroll, Hal Skelly

3. Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee

Votes: 597

Paramount/ Mary Eaton, Dan Healy

4. Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical

Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Nancy Welford, Conway Tearle, Winnie Lightner, Ann Pennington

Votes: 135 | Gross: $5.54M

Warner/ Ann Pennington

5. The Great Gabbo (1929)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson, Marjorie Kane

Votes: 663

SonoArt/ Marjorie "Babe" Kane

6. Hallelujah (1929)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical

A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray

Votes: 1,482

MGM/ Esvan Mosby

7. Happy Days (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Musical

Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Charles E. Evans, Marjorie White, Richard Keene, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 119

Fox/ Dixie Lee, Richard Keene, Tom Patricola, Ann Pennington, Slate Brothers, Martha Lee Sparks

8. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Passed | 130 min | Musical

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Christy Cabanne, Norman Houston | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer

Votes: 1,788

MGM/ Joan Crawford

9. Is Everybody Happy? (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

This is the story of Ted Lewis, popular band leader and clarinettist.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Ted Lewis, Alice Day, Ann Pennington, Lawrence Grant

Warner/ Ann Pennington

10. Night Parade (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Drama

Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Aileen Pringle, Hugh Trevor, Dorothy Gulliver, Robert Ellis

Votes: 66

RKO/ Ann Pennington

11. On with the Show! (1929)

Passed | 104 min | Musical, Romance

A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Arthur Lake, Betty Compson, Joe E. Brown, Sally O'Neil

Votes: 230

Warner/ Four Covans

12. Sally (1929)

Passed | 103 min | Musical

Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Marilyn Miller, Alexander Gray, Joe E. Brown, T. Roy Barnes

Votes: 290

First National/ Marilyn Miller

13. Show of Shows (1929)

Passed | 128 min | Musical

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Frank Fay, William Courtenay, H.B. Warner, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 325

Warner/ Dancers, two choruses - one black one white

14. So This Is College (1929)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors, roommates at the fraternity, and star teammates on the USC football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Elliott Nugent, Robert Montgomery, Cliff Edwards, Sally Starr

Votes: 177

Fox/ Ann Pennington, Slate Brothers

Paramount/ Helen Kane, Jack Oakie

16. Thunderbolt (1929)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Moran, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl. ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall

Votes: 481

Paramount/ Nina Mae McKinney

17. Chasing Rainbows (1930)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Bessie Love, Charles King, Jack Benny, George K. Arthur

Votes: 197

MGM/ Bessie Love, Anita Page

18. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 329

RKO/ Four Step Brothers

19. Dixiana (1930)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

Votes: 309

RKO/ Bill Robinson

20. Just Imagine (1930)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White

Votes: 612

Fox/ Frank Albertson, Margorie White

21. King of Jazz (1930)

Not Rated | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

American Pre-Code color film starring Paul Whiteman and his Jazz orchestra.

Directors: John Murray Anderson, Walter Lantz | Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff

Votes: 974

Universal/ Chorus tap

22. Let's Go Native (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

Dress designer Joan Wood, who's heavily in debt, has created costumes for a Broadway show that is exported to Argentina. With the money she wants to pay her debts, but there was a mistake: ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Jack Oakie, Jeanette MacDonald, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, James Hall

Votes: 111

Paramount/ Jack Oakie

23. Mammy (1930)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Al Jolson, Lois Moran, Lowell Sherman, Louise Dresser

Votes: 140

Warner/ Corbet Brothers

MGM/ Barney Fagan (never released as a whole)

25. Paramount on Parade (1930)

Passed | 102 min | Music

A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-cafĂ© setting ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle | Stars: Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper

Votes: 236

Paramount/ Nancy Canoll, Mitzie Mayfair, Jack Oakie

26. Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)

88 min | Musical

A vaudeville and nightclub performer becomes successful and forgets who his friends really are.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: Harry Richman, Joan Bennett, James Gleason, Aileen Pringle

Votes: 109

UA/ Harry Richman, white and black choruses

27. Sunny (1930)

TV-PG | 78 min | Musical

To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees and cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the warm ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Marilyn Miller, Lawrence Gray, Joe Donahue, O.P. Heggie

Votes: 111

First National/ Marilyn Miller

28. They Learned About Women (1930)

Passed | 95 min | Musical, Drama

When Jack and Jerry are not playing professional baseball with the Blue Sox, they are packing them in on the Vaudeville circuit. Jack is engaged to Mary, but a gold digger named Daisy has ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Conway, Sam Wood | Stars: Joe Schenck, Gus Van, Bessie Love, Mary Doran

Votes: 188

MGM/ Nina Mae McKinney

29. Top Speed (1930)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An order clerk poses as a millionaire.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Bernice Claire, Jack Whiting, Frank McHugh

Votes: 153

Warner/ Joe E. Brown, lnez Courlney

30. Whoopee! (1930)

TV-G | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt

Votes: 922

UA/ Eddie Cantor

31. Caught Plastered (1931)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical

Wheeler and Woolsey play two unemployed vaudevillians who get involved in helping an old lady save her moribund drug store. Problems and laughs begin when the villain spikes the Lemon Sodas they are selling.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Lucy Beaumont

Votes: 183

Radio Pictures/ Bert Wheeler

32. Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 544

MGM/ Joan Crawford (tap charleston)

33. Peach O'Reno (1931)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

After a quarrell at their 25th wedding aniversery, Joe and Aggie Bruno decide to divorce each other, and both leave for Reno. So do their daughters Prudence and Pansy, but they want to get ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Zelma O'Neal

Votes: 205

RKO/ Dorothy Lee, Bert Wheeler

34. Dancers in the Dark (1932)

Passed | 74 min | Drama

A bandleader tries to romance a dancer by sending her boyfriend, a musician, out of town. However, things get complicated when he finds out that a gangster has designs on her too.

Director: David Burton | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Jack Oakie, William Collier Jr., Eugene Pallette

Votes: 94

Paramount/ Lyda Roberti

35. Girl Crazy (1932)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Eddie Quillan

Votes: 229

RKO/ Mitzi Green, Dorothy Lee, Bert Wheeler

36. Harlem Is Heaven (1932)

69 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

The director and star of a Harlem theater troupe puts his feelings aside to help unite two lovers.

Director: Irwin Franklyn | Stars: Bill Robinson, Eubie Blake, John 'Spider Bruce' Mason, Putney Dandridge

Votes: 27

Lincoln/ Bill Robinson, and chorus

37. Midshipmaid Gob (1932)

84 min | Comedy

Sir Percy Newbiggin visits the fleet to find ways to economize Naval expenditures. Daughter Celia tags along, and organizes a morale-boosting show utilizing ship-board talent. Her fiancé shows up, and romantic complications ensue.

Director: Albert de Courville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, A.W. Baskcomb, Basil Sydney, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 34

Gaumont-British/ Jessie Matthews

38. Night World (1932)

58 min | Drama

Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 308

Universal/ Mae Clark

39. The Phantom President (1932)

78 min | Comedy, Musical

A presidential candidate is deemed to have a dull personality, thus a charismatic look-alike is hired as a front.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: George M. Cohan, Claudette Colbert, Jimmy Durante, George Barbier

Votes: 121

Paramount/ George M. Cohan ++

40. The Sport Parade (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Joel McCrea, Marian Marsh, William Gargan, Robert Benchley

Votes: 173

RKO/ Uncredited black tap dancers and chorus line tap

41. Ten Minutes to Live (1932)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Lawrence Chenault, A.B. DeComathiere, Laura Bowman, Willor Lee Guilford

Votes: 169

Micheaux/ Chorus line tap

42. Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)

90 min | Musical

Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it ... See full summary »

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Constance Cummings, Russ Columbo, Paul Kelly, Blossom Seeley

Votes: 188

UA Fox/ Barto and Mann, Frances Williams

43. Broadway to Hollywood (1933)

Approved | 85 min | History, Musical

Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is ... See full summary »

Directors: Willard Mack, Jules White | Stars: Alice Brady, Frank Morgan, Jackie Cooper, Russell Hardie

Votes: 193

MGM/ Mickey Rooney

44. Dancing Lady (1933)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director: Robe