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Dance Madness

Dance Madness
Theatrical poster
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Written byFrederica Sagor
StarringClaire Windsor
Conrad Nagel
Hedda Hopper
CinematographyJohn Arnold
William H. Daniels
Edited byWilliam LeVanway
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 4, 1926 (1926-01-04)
Running time
70 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Dance Madness is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard based upon a script by Frederica Sagor. The film starred Claire Windsor, Conrad Nagel, and Hedda Hopper.[1]

According to the credited screenwriter, Frederica Sagor, Dance Madness was "patently a rewrite" of The Guardsman, a work by Ferenc Molnár that was later directly adapted for film. Sagor notes the screenplay was not written by her, but by Alice D. G. Miller, and she only provided script rewrites.[2]



As described in a film magazine review,[3] Roger Halladay weds May Russell, a former dancer. He becomes infatuated with Valentina, the notorious masked Russian dancer. May discovers that Valentina's husband is Strokoff, who taught her dancing. The two women unite to teach Roger a lesson. May, always masked, poses as Valentina while trying to seduce Roger and arranges to have Strokoff find them while they are embracing. Roger runs away, followed by his masked charmer until he discovers that she is his wife and they are reconciled.





Dance Madness is now considered to be a lost film.[4]


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Dance Madness at
  2. ^ Mass, Frederica Sagor (1999). The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 65–67. ISBN 0-8131-2122-1.
  3. ^ Pardy, George T. (February 6, 1926), "Pre-Release Review of Features: Dance Madness", Motion Picture News, 33 (6), New York City, New York: Motion Picture News, Inc.: 702, retrieved February 4, 2023 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Arne Andersen's - Lost Film Files (Metro-MGM - Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

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