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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Passed  -  Drama  -  1 September 1928 (USA)
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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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Ann's Mother
Edward J. Nugent ...
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. Ben and Diana begin to realize their true love for each other and plan a new life together as drunken Ann falls down the stairs to her death. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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1 September 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dansende Ungdom  »

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Budget:

$173,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(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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Soundtracks

Lonely Little Bluebird
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Written by Harry M. Woods
Sung by an offscreen tenor as Beatrice and Norman neck
Reprised by an offscreen woman after Norman angrily leaves his house
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The Flapper Culture
2 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Roaring Twenties has come down to us in history as an era of good times and continual partying until that stock market crashed and one could no longer afford to party. Joan Crawford got her first taste of first billing and stardom with Our Dancing Daughter where she does the ultimate Charleston of the Twenties.

Crawford at first glance is one wild child, but it's just a pose. Down deep she knows when to put on the brakes. She's got two friends she parties with, Dorothy Sebastian who's reticent now, but at one time was the wildest child of all. Sebastian knows that those loose morals of the past have irreparably damaged her reputation. She'd like to really settle down, but whomever she dates is expecting only one thing.

Then there's Anita Page who comes off to her friends as prim and proper, but is really the wildest child of all. She's got a nice image, but when she parties, she really parties.

Both are after young Johnny Mack Brown who is playing what he was in real life, a recently graduated All American halfback from the University of Alabama. He likes them both and wants a wife to settle down with, but he's not a good judge of character. In fact he's a bit of a dope. He rejects Crawford and marries Page and regrets it soon enough.

MGM was stepping into the age of sound ever so cautiously. Sound effects are heard and several songs of the era are interpolated into a soundtrack either sung or played instrumentally. All these players would be talking soon enough on screen.

Our Dancing Daughters is a must for Joan Crawford fans and it's a great look at the culture of the Twenties, the Flapper Culture.


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