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Dangerous Curves (1929)

A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.


Lothar Mendes


Lester Cohen (story), Donald Davis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Pat Delaney
Richard Arlen ... Larry Lee
Kay Francis ... Zara Flynn
David Newell ... Tony Barretti
Anders Randolf ... Colonel P.P. Brack
May Boley May Boley ... Ma Spinelli
T. Roy Barnes ... Po Spinelli
Joyce Compton ... Jennie Silver
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Spider
Stuart Erwin ... Rotarian
Jack Luden ... Rotarian
Oscar Smith Oscar Smith ... Black Train Porter


A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.

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see- CLARA BOW'S "DANGEROUS CURVES" and HEAR her talk! (Print Ad- St. Lawrence Plaindealer, ((Canton, NY)) 15 October 1929)









Release Date:

13 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curvas Perigosas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »


diner counter clerk: What'll you have?
Larry Lee: Nothing for me.
Pat Delaney: Two fried eggs turned over on toast, some wheat cakes, some donuts, and a big pot of coffee with milk.
diner counter clerk: [to the kitchen] Adam and Eve on a raft, face down; chest protectors, sinkers - a pair.
kitchen hand: Comin' up!
Pat Delaney: And if I think of anything else, I'll sing out.
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Featured in Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999) See more »

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Clara Bow vs. Kay Francis
20 February 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Silent film superstar Clara Bow made three talkies in 1929. This is her second talkie (The Wild Party and The Saturday Night Kid were the other two). In this circus picture Bow plays a 2nd-rate bareback horse rider with an eye for Larry Lee (Richard Arlen) billed as the world's greatest high wire walker. He's nuts for his co-star Zara (Kay Francis) but she's two-timing him.

Bow discovers that Francis is seeing this other guy and spills it to Arlen. That night on the high wire he catches Francis kissing the other guy and goes nuts and falls to the ground. Out of the hospital he quits the big top but Bow tracks him down and talks him into returning in a new act with her as co-star. Everything goes well until Francis returns (she's been dumped).

Solid film with good atmosphere and zippy dialog. The acting is a little rough (it's 1929 after all) since the stars are still learning to "talk." Interesting to see Clara Bow as the "good girl." May Boley, Stu Erwin, Joyce Compton, T. Roy Barnes, Charles Brown, Anders Randolph co-star.

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