On with the Dance (1920 film)

On with the Dance

Theatrical poster
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Screenplay by Ouida Bergère
Based on On with the Dance
by Michael Morton
Starring Mae Murray
David Powell
Alma Tell
Holmes Herbert
Narrated by Adolph Zukor (presenter)
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Georges Benoît
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
February 15, 1920
Running time
70 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

On with the Dance is 1920 American silent costume drama directed by George Fitzmaurice, starring Mae Murray and David Powell, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is a screen adaptation of the 1917 Michael Morton play by the same name.[1][2]

Filming began in August 1919 when Mae Murray rejoined Famous Players-Lasky Corporation after having completed a term with Universal Pictures.[3]

Actor Robert Schable had appeared in the 1917 Broadway play.[4]


Preservation status


The Evening Post wrote that Mae Murray's work with David Powell was a "revelation", and that her dance work in the film was one of its "outstanding features".[6] Toronto Star noted the film as a success and wrote than fans of Mae Murray and David Powell will hail the two stars returning to headline George Fitzmaurice next film The Right to Love.[7] The Milwaukee Journal wrote that the film played Mae Murray's "dainty little figure and delightful dancing" to advantage.[8]

An excerpt of the film is seen in the Paramount promotional film The House That Shadows Built (1931).


  1. "On With The Dance". Evening Post. August 24, 1920. pp. Volume C, Issue 47, 24 August 1920, Page 3. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. On With the Dance at SilentEra
  3. "In The News Net". The New York Times. June 29, 1919. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  4. On With the Dance on Broadway, Theatre Republic Oct.-Dec. 1917
  5. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..On with the Dance
  6. "Princess Theater". The Evening Post. November 15, 1920. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  7. "News and Features of the Screen and Drama". Atlanta Constitution. August 29, 1920. pp. 10CD page 1. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  8. "Director Warns Against Wildcat Movies". Milwaukee Journal. Google archives. April 11, 1920. Retrieved 23 November 2010. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
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