A stage-actress mother and her daughter in a battle-of-wills in a "don't do this, daughter" and "don't do that, daughter" story of youthful folly and over-zealous parental devotion.

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Sally Quail
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Ma Quail
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Boy
Albert Gran ...
Sam Kingston
Alyce McCormick ...
Bessie (as Joy Auburn)
Annette De Kirby ...
Bessie, as a child
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Ben
Ivor De Kirby ...
Ben, as a child
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Pa Quail
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Billy Schuler
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Sally, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
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A stage-actress mother and her daughter in a battle-of-wills in a "don't do this, daughter" and "don't do that, daughter" story of youthful folly and over-zealous parental devotion.

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Love Hungry...Dancing Daughters...of the Stage (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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28 October 1928 (USA)  »

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Does Mother Know Best?  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)|

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1.33 : 1
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Fox's first ever talking picture. See more »

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Referenced in Personality Parade (1938) See more »

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Mother Knows Best (1928) - Lost Silent /
18 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ma Quail ( Louise Dresser ) robs the till in her husband's drugstore in order to finance singing and dancing lessons for her daughter, Sally ( Madge Bellamy ), who, even as a child of eight, is a clever impersonator. Years pass, and domineering, ambitious Ma Quail drives her daughter into a career in show business, guiding her from amateur nights to vaudeville and finally to the Broadway big time. Although Sally becomes a fine dramatic actress, her mother never allows her to develop a personality of her own and strictly forbids her any romantic life, whenever Sally falls in love with a young fellow, Ma drives him away. Sally eventually has a nervous breakdown, and a doctor makes Ma realize that she is ruining her daughter's life. Ma then reunites Sally with the boy she loves, and Sally returns to her former prominence as an actress.

This 1928 silent drama was based on the short story "Mother Knows Best" by Edna Ferber. Produced and released by the Fox Film Corporation and starring the popular actress Madge Bellamy, this film may sadly now be a lost silent.


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