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1 September 1928 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Joan Crawford's First Cinematic Hurrah See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Diana Medford

Johnny Mack Brown ... Ben Blaine (as John Mack Brown)

Nils Asther ... Norman

Dorothy Sebastian ... Beatrice

Anita Page ... Ann

Kathlyn Williams ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Geraldine Dvorak ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Scrubwoman (uncredited)

Lydia Knott ... Scrubwoman (uncredited)

Robert Livingston ... Party Boy (uncredited)

Fred MacKaye ... One of Diana's Admirers (uncredited)
Alona Marlowe ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Diana's Party Friend (uncredited)
Gordon Westcott ... Diana's Party Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
Writing credits
Josephine Lovett (story and scenario)

Marian Ainslee (titles)

Ruth Cummings (titles by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (film editor)
Margaret Booth (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold S. Bucquet .... assistant director
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
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USA:84 min (Turner library print) | USA:85 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
Argentina:Atp | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The movie has a soundtrack with music playing but no dialogue and very little dubbed-in ambient sound. It's like a hybrid silent-sound film; not a talkie. It plays like a silent film that had a soundtrack added after the fact.See more »
Diana 'Di' Medford:You look sweet, darling! If I do say it - I picked myself some snappy parents!See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Joan Crawford's First Cinematic Hurrah, 11 June 2007
Author: gftbiloxi ( from Biloxi, Mississippi

Wealthy and flashy Diana falls hard for Ben Blaine--who unjustly interprets her vivacity as looseness and in turn falls hard for prim and proper Anne--who is in fact a vicious gold digger with a heart of stone. Will Ben ever see through Anne's facade and realize Diana's true worth? Directed by Harry Beaumont with sets by the legendary Cederick Gibbons, OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS was bright, sharp, pretty to look at, and just sexy enough to make the censors fume--the type of film that MGM seemed to produce by the bushel during the late silent era. The studio expected it to perform well, but there was no reason for anyone to think it would generate more than passing interest, much less a legendary star. But it did.

Born in 1904, Lucille Le Sueur endured a hardknocks childhood to become a popular chorus girl in New York night spots before signing with MGM in 1925--and renamed Joan Crawford she churned out some two dozen films in three years without setting the world on fire. Until, that is, MGM allowed her dance on table tops and despair of winning her true love in this slickly produced, well acted, but essentially formula melodrama. And even today it is still possible to see what all the fuss was about: not only was she bursting with youthful energy and appeal, it was the first film in which Joan Crawford really LOOKED like Joan Crawford, and although still limited her acting chops weren't half bad either.

The overall cast is particularly strong, with Anita Page turning in a memorable performance as the pretty but wicked Anne and Dorothy Sebastian as Bea, a good girl with a few missed steps in her past; male leads Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Aster, and Edward J. Nugent provide solid support as various love interests; and Kathlyn Williams proves memorable as Anne's manipulative mother. While OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS will never rival the truly great films of the late silent era, it is still a lot of fun, and those who want to see Crawford's first cinematic hurrah will not be disappointed.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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