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

Quotes

Kentucky Strafford: Don't blame yourself, Gil. Somehow I forgot everything in the world... except that I loved you.
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Edited into Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America (1997) See more »

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Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
(1816) (uncredited))
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played a bit on piccolo by Edward J. Nugent
Excerpts integrated into the music score
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Excellent vehicle for Crawford and Anita Page

It's kind of a soap opera plot, rather daring, perhaps, for its time, but tame by today's standards. Joan Crawford probably never looked better and, in my not very humble opinion, probably never, or at least seldom, gave a better performance. Her character Billie is in turn kittenish and seductive and cautious, ultimately doing what was the right thing for everyone. Anita Page, who also never looked lovelier, is everyone's charming girl-next-door, pretty, cute, decent. She gives a superlative performance as the intriguingly named Kentucky. This is not, probably, anybody's idea of a classic movie, but it is well worth seeing if only for the look at Joan Crawford in an early -- silent -- role. She looks great, gives a controlled performance, and is sans the harsh, overdone makeup of later years -- and padded shoulders. Anita Page, who pioneered some of the early musicals, displays loveliness and talent and is, to be blunt, adorable. Oh, there are some good male actors, too, but Crawford and Page are the real reasons to watch.


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