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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)





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Even those who can't recall the plot of the silent Our Dancing Daughters (and there admittedly isn't much to remember) can never forget the indelible images of Joan Crawford tearing loose with one Charleston after another. Since everyone in the film is rich, the wild parties that dominate Our Dancing Daughters are played out in the biggest mansions this side of Windsor castle. Jazz-baby Crawford is actually a good girl despite her hedonistic lifestyle. She wants to marry young millionaire Johnny Mack Brown, but he is tricked into marriage by deceitful Anita Page. After drinking herself blotto at a party, Anita brags about her subterfuge, then conveniently tumbles down a long flight of stairs to her death ("Poor little rich girl" is the general consensus of opinion amongst the many servants, though few in the audience are shedding any tears). Thus, Crawford is able at last to link up with Brown, presumably to live happily ever after. Released with synchronized music and sound effects, Our Dancing Daughters manages to convey the "noise" of the Roaring '20s without sound, relying instead on inserted shots of art-deco statuary and the bubbling-over performance of Joan Crawford in the role that made her a star. Crawford was reunited with her Dancing Daughters co-stars Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian in two follow-up films (not sequels), Our Modern Maidens (1929) and Our Blushing Brides (1930). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Joan Crawford
as Diana 'Di' Medford
Johnny Mack Brown
as Ben Blaine
Nils Asther
as Norman
Eddie Nugent
as Freddie
Kathlyn Williams
as Ann's Mother
Huntly Gordon
as Diana's father
Evelyn Hall
as Freddie's mother
Sam De Grasse
as Freddie's father
Dorothy Cumming
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."

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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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.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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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