The Janus faces of the dance hall
in The British working class in postwar film
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This chapter deals with several British films in the postwar years focusing on dance hall, namely, Floodtide, The Gorbals Story, Waterloo Road, Appointment with Crime, The Dream of Olwen, Dancing with Crime, and Dance Hall. As in Appointment with Crime, the dance hall is a den of crime involving everyone from the manager to the barman, with control being exerted downwards through the social scale. In common with other films about criminal gangs, dirty work is delegated to working-class characters. Dancing with Crime did well in southeast Essex, but was seen less in the sample Leeds cinemas. This is likely to be another case where high rental costs put a popular film beyond the reach of the Leeds independents. Dance Hall was released in June 1950. It was never shown in the sample Leeds cinemas by the end of the year.


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