Our Modern Maidens (1929)





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This follow-up to MGM's 1928 hit Our Dancing Daughters reunites the female stars of the earlier film: Joan Crawford (in her last silent film) and Anita Page. Crawford is engaged to Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (her real-life husband at the time), but both she and her fiance fall in love with other people before the wedding takes place. Fairbanks Jr. renders Anita Page pregnant, but goes through with his wedding to Crawford all the same. Meanwhile, Crawford romances diplomat Rod La Rocque, partly in the hopes of advancing Doug's career, but mostly out of boredom. At any other studio, the romantic intrigues of Our Modern Maidens would be played out in small living rooms and cozy apartment houses. But MGM had a positive mania for placing its stars in the biggest, draftiest mansions possible, then dressing them to the nines in expensive costumes designed by the studio's own fashion arbiter Adrian. Our Modern Maidens proved successful, spawning a third in this loosely constructed series, Our Blushing Brides (one contemporary critic wondered aloud if the next film would be Our Dizzy Divorcees).
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Joan Crawford
as Billie
Rod La Rocque
as Abbott
Anita Page
as Kentucky
Albert Gran
as Brown
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Our Modern Maidens (1929) This is a great pre-code silent movie and one of three of Joan Crawford's famous "Flapper" series. So you know it's just a little over the top soap opera. She plays coquettish Billie Brown who is secretly engaged to Gill (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). Billie is trying to get Gill an appointment as an American diplomat in Paris, and she seduces the influential Abbott (Rod La Rocque) who can get the job done. Gil is sort of feeling lonely and left out watching Billie put the moves on the older Abbott. Billie's girlfriend, the young, innocent Kentucky (Anita Page) is slowly falling for Gil. They have a little dalliance, but Gil still seems to love Billie. Abbott is in love with Billie too, but she keeps a sly distance from him. He soon finds out about Billie and Gil's engagement, and tells Billie off. For some reason Billie has some feelings for Abbott.

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