WorldCat Identities

Arzner, Dorothy 1900-1979

Works: 95 works in 221 publications in 4 languages and 4,023 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Silent films  Comedy films  Musical films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Short films  Romantic comedy films  Erotic films  History 
Roles: Director, Film editor, Performer, Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dorothy Arzner
Dance, girl, dance by Dorothy Arzner( Visual )

19 editions published between 1940 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bubbles loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string...and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. Directed by Dorothy Arzner, classic Hollywood's sole major female director."--Container
Pre-code Hollywood collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Torch singer: Claudette Colbert plays a sexy radio chanteuse who passes her time with an entourage of drunken debauched friends while raising her child born out of wedlock. The Code prohibited stories of illicit love and drunkenness
Christopher Strong by Dorothy Arzner( Visual )

24 editions published between 1933 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hepburn portrays a record-breaking flyer who falls hopelessly in love with a married man (Colin Clive). Though madly in love, he can't divorce his good natured and caring wife (Billie Burke)
The Red kimona by Walter Lang( Visual )

12 editions published between 1925 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vulnerable young woman, whose blind trust in a man leads her into a New Orleans bordello, endures the hardships of that life, but is eventually driven to murdering her lover. A sympathetic jury acquits her and after a period of hardship she ultimately finds happiness
Craig's wife( Visual )

8 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A heartless woman marries a good and simple man only for the security he can bring to her. Her obsessive, narrow-minded search for perfection leaves her to the loneliness she has plotted for herself
The bride wore red( Visual )

7 editions published between 1937 and 2014 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Italian count, seeking to prove that social position is a matter of luck, sends a struggling nightclub singer to a luxury resort to masquerade as a wealthy lady
Pre-Code Hollywood collection( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cheat: A spoiled socialite is a gambling addict. She borrows money from an exotic art collector in order to replace what she has stolen from a charity. The collateral for the loan may be a shock, a there is a large penalty for default. A catalog of selfishness, desire and revenge, not to mention a touch of kinky
The wild party( Visual )

10 editions published between 1929 and 2016 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect." (Ed Lorusso)
The Rudolph Valentino collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of five classic silent feature films starring Rudolph Valentino
Blood & sand by Fred Niblo( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2011 and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. Juan Gallardo, Spain's most idolized matador, returns to his home town and meets his childhood sweetheart, Carmen
Turner Classic Movies greatest classic legends film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A deformed bell ringer at Notre Dame cathedral in late 15th century France rescues a gypsy girl from the evil intentions of her guardian. Dance, girl, dance: Bubbles loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string-- and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. The Spanish main: Laurent Van Horn, a Dutch sea captain, is shipwrecked on the coast of Cartagena, a Spanish-held island. Sentenced to be hanged, Van Horn and his crew escape from jail and take up piracy as revenge against Spain. Soon afterward, they capture a ship carrying Francesca, the fiance of Cartagena's corrupt governor Don Alvarado. Van Horn vengefully forces Francesca to marry him instead, which causes dissension at the Pirate colony of Tortuga. The wings of eagles: Cmdr. Frank 'Spig' Wead was a pioneer aviator, renowned screenwriter (whose works included John Ford's They Were Expendable) and a man of war. The skies beckoned Spig to action; a crippling injury ultimately left him powerless to act, propelling him to discover the power of his pen
Lucille Ball film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big street: Nightclub singer Gloria Lyons is an abrasive, selfish woman who is crippled by gangster Barton MacLane. Busboy Little Pinks, who has idolized the singer, takes pity on Lyons and unselfishly devotes himself to her welfare
Merrily we go to Hell( Visual )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerry Corbett finally meets and marries Joan Prentiss, the right girl. Unfortunately their wedded bliss is interrupted when Jerry's play becomes a hit and he hooks up with the wrong woman from his past
Nana by Christian-Jaque( Visual )

9 editions published between 1934 and 1996 in English and Italian and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Parisian coquette is romantically pursued by two brothers while reigning as the toast of Paris nightlife
Falena d'argento( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Una aviatrice che, attraverso parecchi primati di volo, si è creata una fama, si innamora, corrisposta, di un uomo sposato. Tra i due si accende la più profonda passione, che distrugge ogni pudore nella fanciulla e, nell'uomo, tutti i vent'anni di fedeltà coniugale. Mentre nella famiglia di lui entra lo sconforto ed il dolore, la fanciulla si accorge di essere in procinto di diventare madre. Il terrore dello scandalo, la sensazione della sua posizione equivoca, la conducono al più orribile passo: tenta il primato di altezza e si lascia precipitare, per non turbare la tranquillità dell'uomo. (LaFeltrinelli)
Pre-code Hollywood collection( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Cheat: A compulsive gambler (Tallulah Bankhead) will do anything to pay off her debt - including turning to a wealthy businessman behind her husband's back. Merrily We Go to Hell: An abusive alcoholic (Fredric March) reunites with a woman from his past and drives his wife (Sylvia Sidney) to drastic measures. Hot Saturday: Scandal erupts after a young woman (Nancy Carroll) innocently spends the night with a notorious playboy (Cary Grant) and neglects to tell her fiancé (Randolph Scott). Torch Singer: After giving up her illegitimate child for adoption, a notorious nightclub singer (Claudette Colbert) attempts to find her daughter through a children's radio show. Murder at the Vanities: While sexy musical revue 'The Vanities' captivates an audience on its opening night, a murder investigation takes place backstage. Search for Beauty: Olympic swimming champions (Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino) are tricked into endorsing a racy magazine - and much worse."--Container
Working girls( Visual )

2 editions published between 1931 and 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two sisters from Indiana, the wide-eyed, innocent and beautiful Mae Thorpe, and her sister June, also beautiful but more streetwise, move into the Rolf House for Homeless Girls in New York. With June's help, Mae obtains a job as a stenographer for scientist Joseph von Schraeder, while June gets work as a telegraph operator at Western Union. On the lookout for a man, June begins dating Pat Kelly, a saxophone player with a fifth-grade education, who lavishes her with gifts. Although June is proud that she has something to show from her boyfriend, she is derided by Mae, who begins to date Boyd Wheeler, a Harvard graduate and lawyer. Mae turns down a marriage proposal from von Schraeder, saying she is the 'same as engaged to someone else.' As a result, he asks her to leave her job because it would hurt him to have her around. Mae compromises her virtue with Boyd by staying alone with him one night in his apartment. She suffers for her choice when he goes out of town for a month and returns engaged to a socialite. Now, June derides Mae for trusting someone from a higher class. As her sister has been out of work for months, June goes to von Schraeder, who kindly offers to rehire Mae. He realizes, however, that he is really in love with June. After her first week back at work, Mae asks von Schraeder to renew his proposal as she is pregnant. He does so graciously, but on the eve of her engagement party, Boyd returns, his engagement having been broken. June is aware that Boyd is already responsible for one broken engagement and prevents Mae from seeing him again. June changes her mind, realizing her sister has a chance for happiness, and borrows Kelly's gun. She, Kelly and Mae go to Boyd's apartment, where June forces Boyd at gunpoint to agree to marry Mae. He happily complies. Later, June and Kelly run into von Schraeder at a Chinese restaurant, and after sending Kelly away, June tells von Schraeder the news. He is not disappointed, revealing he is in love with her, and she reciprocates his affection"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The covered wagon by James Cruze( Visual )

3 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1848 two wagon trains travel from Kansas City over the Oregon Trail to California and Oregon. Adventures include the crossing of the Platte River, an Indian attack and a prairie fire
First comes courage( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

WWII tale about the Norwegian underground battling the Nazis, Also notable for being probably the only Hollywood war film directed by a woman (Dorothy Arzner)
Honor among lovers( Visual )

3 editions published between 1931 and 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julia Traynor is the private secretary of millionaire financial broker and playboy Jerry Stafford in New York. Julia does everything for Jerry, including purchasing jewelry for him to give to other women. One day, Jerry and Julia have a fancy catered lunch for two in Jerry's office, and he asks her to join him on a cruise. He admits he is against marriage, but at the same time, he wants to stop playing around. Julia humors him, but turns him down, saying she wants a husband of her own class who is young and just starting out as she is. They then both attend a football game with their respective dates. At a roadhouse afterward, Julia's boyfriend, Phillip Craig, talks of marriage, but they agree they must wait. After Jerry and his snobby date, Maybelle Worthington, enter, Jerry dances with Julia, again asking her to join him on a cruise. Phillip, fearful of losing Julia, marries her the following Monday morning. When she later comes in to work, Jerry proposes, and she reveals that she is already a married woman. Later, Jerry asks Phillip, who is struggling financially, to handle some business for him, and three months later, Julia and Phillip have made it into the upper class and Phillip has acquired the egotistic pride of the wealthy. After only a year of marriage, Phillip acquires a mistress, a blonde named Margaret Newton. On the night of his and Julia's one-year anniversary, Phillip nervously awaits the opening of the Tokyo stock market, to find out the results of a chancy stock investment he made in silk, which Jerry had warned him against. The dinner guests arrive, and Jerry, who hasn't seen Julia in a year, gives her an expensive bracelet and swears his love, telling her he is leaving on a long cruise at the end of the week. He then kisses her, and she reciprocates. At the end of the party, Phillip is drunk and confesses to Julia that he tried to corner the market on silk and lost, not only his fortune, but money he embezzled from clients as well. In addition, he lost some of Jerry's money, which he secretly used as collateral. Julia immediately calls Jerry and explains the situation, asking him for the money to keep Phillip out of prison. When she visits him to pick up the check, she offers herself to him, but he gallantly gives her the check without payment 'in kind, ' and she collapses. Later, Phillip accuses Julia of being Jerry's lover, and she kicks him out for his insolence. While she packs her bag, he accuses her of leaving him to rot in jail while she runs away with Jerry. Phillip then arrives at Jerry's house, drunk and with a gun. Jerry coolly warns Phillip he will stop payment on his check if Phillip shoots and misses. Now hysterical, Phillip shoots Jerry, who falls unconscious. The police find Julia's fingerprints on both the desk and the check and arrest her on a train bound for Washington. Phillip insinuates to the police that Julia was Jerry's mistress and that Jerry had threatened to leave her. He then confesses to Julia how the shooting really occurred and admits that he put the blame on her. The police have overheard Phillip's confession, however, and arrest him. During Phillip's trial, Jerry awakens from his coma and drops the charges against him. The newspapers make a celebrity out of Phillip and he continues to be a braggart. Julia, who got a job in a law office to support herself and Phillip during the course of the trial, finally walks out on him when he is exonerated, assuring him that her lawyer will be handling the divorce. As she leaves the apartment, Jerry arrives and asks, 'Wasn't it the south of France we decided you ought to see?'--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
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Alternative Names
Dorothy Arzner cinéaste américaine

Dorothy Arzner directora de cine estadounidense

Dorothy Arzner regista, montatrice e sceneggiatrice statunitense

Dorothy Arzner US-amerikanische Regisseurin

Арзнер, Дороти

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Camera, woman : a play in two parts