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Our Modern Maidens (1929)

Passed  -  Drama | Comedy  -  8 September 1929 (USA)
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A flapper charms a diplomat to procure her fiancé a career opportunity, while the fiancé starts a relationship with her best friend.

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Abbott
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Gil
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Kentucky
Edward J. Nugent ...
Reg (as Edward Nugent)
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Ginger
Albert Gran ...
B. Bickering Brown
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Storyline

Young vivacious Billie uses her charms on influential businessman Glenn Abbott in hopes of getting her secret fiancée Gil a diplomatic appointment. Meanwhile Gil's affections meander to beautiful ingenue Kentucky, Billie's best friend. After securing Gil's appointment, Abbott is crushed to learn of Billie's impending marriage. What Billie didn't count on was Gil getting Kentucky pregnant. This throws her wedding day into scandal and creates turmoil in the lives of the youthful quartet. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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An all-talking--singing and dancing jazz party!

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Drama | Comedy

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8 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikali bakireler  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford married co-star Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in a well orchestrated publicity event for the film. See more »

Quotes

Kentucky Strafford: Love! Beautiful love! Will it sweep me away in a cloud of glory or steal upon me... gently?
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Connections

Follows Our Dancing Daughters (1928) See more »

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Should I
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
One of the main themes played throughout the movie
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"Is this a modern moral...or just another immoral modern?"
4 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This gem is one of my favorite silent movies. No, it would never be considered a "classic", yet there's something about the characters, the actors, and the atmosphere that holds such appeal for me that I have watched this film several times without ever tiring of it.

What's there to love? For starters, how about a young Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in their only on-screen appearance together (they were a couple in real life at the time this picture was produced and were married the same year it was released). Crawford's vivid pantomime is over-the-top at times, but you must see Doug Jr.'s impersonations of his father. Then there are the second-string leads: Anita Page delivers sweet naiveté, while Rod La Rocque's suave intensity is pitch-perfect. And I must also mention the third-string leads--Eddie Nugent and Josephine Dunn--both of whom are scene stealers extraordinaire.

Fast cars, jazz parties, a love quadrangle, great art deco sets--this little film provides a glimpse of the roaring 1920s just on the eve of its collapse.


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