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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Three department store girls--Connie, Franky, and Jerry--share an apartment on West 91st Street in New York City. Each earns little more than 20 dollars per week. Jerry is the sensible one,... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Edward J. Nugent ...
Reg (as Edward Nugent)
Albert Gran ...
B. Bickering Brown


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!


Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

8 September 1929 (USA)  »

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Amerikali bakireler  »

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Kentucky Strafford: Don't blame yourself, Gil. Somehow I forgot everything in the world... except that I loved you.
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Follows Our Dancing Daughters (1928) See more »


Santa Lucia
(1849) (uncredited)
Traditional Neapolitan song
Transcribed and published by Teodoro Cottrau (1849)
In the score for the lake scene
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Well on the way to being the ultimate expression of the Jazz Age.
18 January 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, at least there's a decent copy of this late silent, which show cases Joan Crawford at her peak - even if it does run too fast in order to accommodate the awful music track. The original audiences saw it this way but they were used to the problem and hadn't heard better film music.

OUR MODERN MAIDENS must be the only good film Jack Conway ever directed, possibly because the things that are enjoyable-preposterous in it seem to be a good fit with the idea we have of the so called "Jazz Age." The cast are just right - lively, sexy, authoritative star numbers with a distant connection to reality. It's a pity so little of La Roque's work is about. He's spot on in this and FIGHTING EAGLE. Doug jnr. does impressions, like Marion Davies or Gloria Swanson, and they are clever.

The Metro house style is pretty much the author of this one, as with the enormous, un-motivated track back to reveal Gibbons' auditorium size living room in magnate Gran's house, where Crawford does her skimpy Adrian outfit dance for the assembled jazz babies. We even get some zoom shots, done presumably with the old mechanical lens that was hardly ever used.

There's also MGM pre-code daring with the glimpse of the doctor card that refers to Stewart as "Mrs.", the clue, like Elizabeth Allen taking her Nurse's cap off in MEN IN WHITE or all the shock horror of Fairbanks' secret in WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (in the book it was V.D.). These films were made for grown ups - though possibly not the brightest grown ups.

This one still has the ability to catch our imagination. It's as close to living in the twenties as most of us will ever experience. I really enjoyed it.

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