The Red Dance
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Theatrical poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byMalcolm Stuart Boylan
Eleanor Browne
Based onThe Red Dancer of Moscow
by Henry Leyford Gates
StarringDolores del Río
Charles Farrell
Ivan Linow
CinematographyCharles G. Clarke
Jack A. Marta
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Music byErno Rapee
S.L. Rothafel
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • June 25, 1928 (1928-06-25)[1]
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.3 million[2]

The Red Dance (also known as The Red Dancer of Moscow) is a 1928 American film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Dolores del Río and Charles Farrell that was inspired in the novel by Henry Leyford Gates. Although silent, it was released with synchronized music and sound effects.[3]


Tasia (Dolores del Río), a beautiful lower class dancer from Russia, falls for the heir to the throne Prince, Grand Duke Eugene (Charles Farrell), but only admires him from a distance. At the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the Duke falls in captivity and this allows Tasia be near him.


Critical reception

"There is a good deal of lethargy about the opening chapters of this offering, but interest picks up in the latter passages", wrote Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times. "There are some good scenes in this somewhat wild piece of work, but it is often incoherent."[4] Variety singled out Ivan Linow's performance for praise and reported that the scenes of the uprising were successful, but "otherwise there wasn't much to direct in this story except to keep it going."[5] Oliver Claxton of The New Yorker panned the film, writing, "how anybody with the slightest modicum of intelligence could fashion such a tale is beyond me....a little criticism would shoot the film so full of holes that it would resemble a Swiss cheese without the cheese. The odor, I am afraid, would still remain."[6]


  1. ^ "The Broadway Parade". Film Daily. New York: 3. July 9, 1928.
  2. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p. 942, accessed April 19, 2014
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Dance at
  4. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (June 26, 1928). "Movie Review – The Red Dance". The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Red Dance". Variety. New York: 14. June 27, 1928.
  6. ^ Claxton, Oliver (July 7, 1928). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker: 59.