Designer: Lynne Day
Company: Ashton Drake
Story Card Edit
The film She'd Rather Dance left audiences swinging and swaying. A beautiful blend of song and dance and drama and smiles, it was a perfect vehicle for Gene to show off her dancing and acting skills.
The story revolves around a young Boston socialite who shocks the upper set (and delights Broadway audiences) by devoting her energies to dancing instead of stodgy afternoon teas. In a pivotal moment early in the picture, Gene is seen at a stuffy society cotillion. As the other socialites chatter around her, she becomes more and more bored.
Finally, she can take it no more--she crosses the dance floor and heads for the conductor's podium. A quick whispered conference with the conductor, a tap of the baton...and the music starts to sizzle with the musical invitation "Dance With Me".
Like a coppery flame, Gene ignites the dance floor, underskirts fanning the fire. "Dance with me," she croons--and her Bostonian beaux willingly comply. Surrounded by Boston's Best and Brightest, Gene trips the light fantastic, bringing disgruntled glares from dateless debs--and catching the eye of a famous Broadway producer who just happens to be the guest of Gene's black-sheep-of-the-family uncle.
The number ends in a flourish, with Gene perched atop the shoulders of a tuxedoed tower. As she steps down onto the dance floor, the producer approaches, a daring question poised on his lips...