Young girl becomes a "flapper", defying her parents and the community.

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Young girl becomes a "flapper", defying her parents and the community.

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1 March 1926 (USA)  »

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Dancing Mothers was based on the 1924 Broadway play of the same name; the play was still being performed in late 1925 when the film itself went into production in November of that year. Clara Bow viewed the play before filming began and totally reinterpreted her role as Katherine "Kittens" Westcourt, according to Clara Bow biographer David Stenn. See more »

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1926 Shocker
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dancing Mothers is a rather dull film except for the vivacious Clara Bow playing "Kittens." Also of interest are the truly ugly sets (check out the hideous pirate-themed nightclub) and the great women's clothes. Clara Bow wears some really bizarre outfits as the jazz baby who sets her sights on Conway Tearle, who plays a "famed lady killer." Tearle is old and dull but was a star in 1926. Alice Joyce is the nominal star. She was billed as "the madonna of the screen," but shows little vitality here as the mother who decides to "live." Dorothy Cumming (whose named is misspelled as "Cummings" in the credits) is good as Mazzy, and Leila Hyams, Donald Keith, Norm Trevor, and Eleanor Lawson round out the supporting cast. Worth seeing for the always-good Clara Bow and for the shocking ending. The whole film seemingly leads up to the conventional ending, but then takes a different route. Dancing Mothers was a big hit in 1926 and helped make Bow one of the biggest stars of the last 20s.


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