LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Bubbles)
Dance, Girl Dance finds innocent young Judy (Maureen O'Hara) journeying to the Big Apple in hopes of gaining fame as a classical dancer. Instead she ends up as the "stooge" for raucous strip-tease artist Bubbles (Lucille Ball).
There's little love lost between Judy and Bubbles, especially when both girls fall for playboy Jimmy Harris (Louis Hayward), a rivalry that culminates in a hair-pulling, eye-scratching cat fight. Eventually both ladies find happiness, but not before several more setbacks and recriminations.
Special Notes: The best parts of the film are with Lucille Ball demonstrating comic ability well established before she teamed up with Desi Arnaz. Lucy gets two musical numbers which appear to have been largely inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee. One number involves parts of her clothing blown away. There's enough show of leg, plus a hint of cleavage to make one temporarily forget the housewife and mother that became a television institution.