Update June, 2011: The French film that inspired the Margaret O'Brien film discussed in this blog, Ballerina aka La Mort du Cygne (1937) is being shown on TCM on June 27th, 2011 at 6am EDT and The Unfinished Dance (1947) will follow at 7:30 Am EDT.
The Unfinished Dance (1947) is now on DVD for the first time.
The remastered film is prepared on demand with few frills, but it is good to know that this intense little backstage gem is finally available. This movie was directed by Henry Koster (It Started With Eve, Harvey, The Robe), and features Cyd Charisse, Karin Booth and Danny Thomas (in his film debut). This MGM film, which was set in the world of the ballet, was produced a year before The Red Shoes (1948), but it captures one of the sharpest portrayals by child actress Margaret O'Brien in a film that teeters between campiness and real honesty about the power of childhood emotions. Please click here to see more details about this movie at the Warner Archive.
An earlier review of this film on this blog can be seen here.