Dance Madness

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] Dance Madness is now considered to be a lost film.[2]

Dance Madness
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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)

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.[3]


May (Claire Windsor) is married to Roger (Conrad Nagel), an alcoholic hell-raiser. During one of their riotous parties, she tests his fidelity by impersonating a notorious masked dancer (Hedda Hopper) and trying to seduce him.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Dance Madness at
  2. ^ Arne Andersen's - Lost Film Files (Metro-MGM - Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 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.

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