Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
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as Diana 'Di' Medford
as Ben Blaine
as Ann's Mother
as Diana's father
as Freddie's mother
as Freddie's father
as Anne's mother
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The movie that launched Joan Crawford's career, and which so nicely captured some of the spirit of the flappers in the late 1920's. The scenes of her cutting loose with the Charleston amidst art deco furnishings are certainly the highlight. The plot itself is a pretty thin morality tale. Crawford and Anita Page pursue the same newly minted millionaire, who confuses who is "the pure one" and of course gets it wrong. Perhaps it's understandable, since there is a lot of dancing, legs, and playful kissing of guy friends to go around. There is an undercurrent of the double standard common for the time (how interesting this was made in the same year Woolf gave her 'A Room of One's Own' speeches); Dorothy Sebastian plays another character who must live down her past, and convince her husband to forgive her for it. The movie is silent and not in the greatest shape anymore, but that might have added a little to its charm. It's also interesting to see the short hairstyles, cloche hats, and the dialog: Offering a drink: "Li'l hot baby want a cool li'l sip?" After a big kiss: "What a service station *you* turned out to be!" By the shoreline, to a pretty song; ah youth: "It's such a pleasant thing - just to be alive!" "You want to taste all of life - don't you?" "Yes - all! I want to hold out my hands and catch it - like the sunlight."
Our Dancing Daughers (1928) This is the first of Joan Crawford's three "Flapper" movies. She plays coquettish Diana Medford who is trying to marry a young millionaire. Ben Black (Johnny Mack Brown) walks into her life and the sparks fly. But Diana's kind of wild jazz-age antics kind of scares Ben away. Diana isn't really all that wild, folks. She's a good girl. Ann (Anita Page), although in reality a lot more wild than Diana, tries to steal Ben away with her down-to-earth act. Ben falls for it and marries Ann, to his later regret. Ben now looks towards Diana, who still loves the guy, but doesn't mess with married men. One of Diana's girlfriends, Beatrice (Dorothy Sebastian) was the same kind of party girl once, and despite her handsome beau, Norman (Nils Asther) saying he loves her, he is very jealous of the attentions of those old party boys wanting to hang around.
This "trilogy" of movies (Our Dancing Daughters, Our Modern Maidens, Our Blushing Brides, thought none of them are really connected outside of the director and cast) is actually very good. This one is the second best, after the incredible pre-code Our Blushing Brides. Crawford was extremely winning in silent film, and had a wonderfully expressive face. Anita Page's performance is wonderful, too. Page mostly played nice girls, so it's fascinating to see her play such a bitch, and to do so this well.
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