Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 19, 1949

Dancing in the Dark (20th Century-Fox) is a mild, almost listless backstage musical about life around the 20th Century-Fox studio. The kite that lifts it above the average film musical is the full-blown acting of William Powell, whose scene-stealing tricks, held together by a hidden smile, are almost as precise as a Fred Astaire dance routine.

The story is a sudsy yarn about a has-been actor (Powell) who accidentally runs across a daughter (Betsy Drake) he didn't know he had. As a talent-scout for Fox, Powell signs Miss Drake, works late into the...

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