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
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I discovered this nice little film thanks to Turner Classic Movies. "Our Modern Maiden" released in 1929, was presumably a follow-up to the successful "Our Dancing Daughters" made the year before, which made Joan Crawford a star. In this film, Crawford is engaged to Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (whom she married in real life too around this time). The two have a "modern" relationship, where they seem to flirt with others and party a lot with the country club set. Crawford wants to secure her boyfriend a job in Paris, so she puts the make on a wealthy businessman (Rod La Roque) who has all the right connections. While this is going on, Anita Page (who was also in "Our Dancing Daughters" with Crawford) is madly in love with Fairbanks. The two flirt, go places together, and we find out at the end the two have produced a child; this right after Fairbanks and Crawford get married! Crawford gets to be the self-sacrificing one, something that would be a common theme throughout her long film career.
The best thing about this film is Crawford herself; she is so young and pretty here, and her vivacious eyes light up the screen. Fairbanks is young and handsome, as is the entire cast. The film hearkens back to a different time and place in Hollywood. This film is silent with some sound effects, but sound films were already being made. Just a year later, silent pictures would be dead. But thank God for film, and Turner Classic Movies for bringing them to us.
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