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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1928 (USA)
A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

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Ben Blaine (as John Mack Brown)
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Norman
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Beatrice
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Ann
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Freddie (as Edward Nugent)
Dorothy Cumming ...
Diana's Mother
Huntley Gordon ...
Diana's Father (as Huntly Gordon)
Evelyn Hall ...
Freddie's Mother
Sam De Grasse ...
Freddie's Father (as Sam de Grasse)
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Storyline

Diana is outwardly the hit of the party but inwardly virtuous and idealistic. Her friend Ann is thoroughly selfish and amoral. Both are attracted to Ben Black, soon-to-be millionaire. He takes Diana's flirtations with other boys as a sign of disinterest in him and marries Ann. Big mistake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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1 September 1928 (USA)  »

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Dansende Ungdom  »

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$173,000 (estimated)
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(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.20 : 1
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When he meets Diana, Ben Blaine is introduced to her as "Ben Blaine of Birmingham. The finest halfback the University of Alabama ever had." In fact, actor Johnny Mack Brown had previously been a halfback for the University of Alabama's 1926 national championship football team. At the 1926 Rose Bowl, Brown had earned the Most Valuable Player award by scoring 2 of Alabama's 3 touchdowns in an upset win over the University of Washington. (When the movie was released in 1928, Brown's status as a college football star would have been familiar to movie audiences.) See more »

Quotes

Bandleader: Come on, Miss Diane, strut your stuff!
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Connections

Followed by Our Modern Maidens (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

(Here Am I) Broken Hearted
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by an offscreen woman after Ben and Ann get engaged
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30 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

The 1928 silent film OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS is the story of three flappers and their efforts to marry the men of their dreams. Ann (Anita Page) is a conniving little tramp who passes herself off as a 'good girl' in order to win the affections of Ben Blaine (Johnny Mack Brown), millionaire from Birmingham. Diana (Joan Crawford) is a good girl who passes herself off as a bad girl as she too pursues Ben's affections. Bea (Dorothy Sebastian) used to be a bad girl but is now a good girl and hopes to marry Norman (Nils Asther), who must live with the agony of knowing that Bea was once 'free with her love'. Ben doesn't seem to know what the hell he wants and doesn't seem to know very much about women either. Throughout the film, the girls' mothers dispense motherly advice and, inexplicably, share underwear with their daughters.

Ms Crawford was hitting her stride with MGM in '28 and OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS is the best of seven Joan Crawford films released that year and the one that launched her to stardom. The scene in which she danced the Charleston was the highlight of this movie. Unfortunately the title is a bit misleading because there is in fact very little dancing in this film.

Claudia's Bottom Line: Rather boring and predictable, but check out Joan's Charleston.


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