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Twinkletoes (1926)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 November 1926 (USA)
"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid ... See full summary »


Charles Brabin


Thomas Burke (novel)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Moore ... Twink 'Twinkletoes' Minasi
Kenneth Harlan ... Chuck Lightfoot
Tully Marshall ... Dad Minasi
Gladys Brockwell ... Cissie Lightfoot
Lucien Littlefield ... Hank
Warner Oland ... Roseleaf
John Kolb John Kolb ... Bill Carsides (as John Philip Kolb)
Julanne Johnston ... Lilac
William McDonald William McDonald ... Police Inspector Territon
Dorothy Vernon ... Unknown Role
Ned Sparks ... Unknown Role
Dick Sutherland ... Unknown Role
Carl Stockdale ... Unknown Role
Aggie Herring Aggie Herring ... Unknown Role
Harold Lockwood ... Unknown Role




"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid falling in love with Chuck, whose wife, Cissie, is a drunken harridan and more than a little bit spiteful. Meanwhile, Twink has secured a job in a singing-dancing act in a Limehouse theater, under the auspices of Roseleaf, who has more than just a protective interest in the girl. The jealous Cissie discovers that Twink's sign-painting father also has a night job as a burglar, and she turns him into the police. While a big success dancing on the stage, the arrest of her father has left her somewhat down in the dumps, and she decides to toss herself into the Thames. Possibly, the now-free Chuck, since Cissie has been killed in an accident, might come along and rescue her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Golden-Headed Little Lover of Limehouse, Who Will Dance Her Way Into Your Heart! (original poster) See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance



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Before production on Twinkletoes began, Colleen had to take ballet lessons from ballet instructor Theodore Kosloff, so that she could do the dance scenes in the film. See more »

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Great Star Vehicle for Colleen Moore
4 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Colleen Moore was a major star of the silent screen. Here in Twinkletoes she shows us why. In a career that ranged from slapstick comedy to flappers to dramatic heroines, Moore was first and foremost an actress. Here she plays a Cockney waif who aspires to be a dancer. She grows up in the rough and tumble Limehouse district of London with her dad (Tully Marshall) and has a crush on a local boxer (Kenneth Harlan) but he is married to a harridan (Gladys Brockwell).

The film starts out with a street brawl between Brockwell and a woman who flirts with Harlan. Moore rushes to the scene and stops the riot by dancing and making people laugh and smile.

Later, at an amateur show run by sleazy manager (Warner Oland), Moore brings down the house with a busker dance followed by a ballet. Amazingly it is Moore doing those balletic moves ON POINT. Great stuff. There are a few melodramatic subplots that all lead to the expected conclusion.

Moore had become a superstar in 1923 with Flaming Youth, the film that defined the Jazz Age and the flapper. From then thru the early talkies Moore remained a star. Twinkletoes was a smash as were films like Ella Cinders and Lilac Time (with Gary Cooper). And she's excellent here as the girl who dreams of being a star.

Harlan is OK as the love interest. Marshall is splendidly seedy as the dad, but it's Gladys Brockwell who really scores as the treacherous Cissie. Brockwell would also steal the show in the first all-talking film, Lights of New York, which starred Helene Costello and Cullen Landis. Willie Fung is one of the Chinese fans, and Ned Sparks co-stars but I never spotted him. Lucien Littlefield plays Hank.

Although this film was not the light comedy I expected, I was still drawn into the story by the great Colleen Moore.

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28 November 1926 (USA) See more »

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