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Dancing Mothers (1926)

Passed | | Drama | 1 March 1926 (USA)
Young girl becomes a "flapper", defying her parents and the community.

Director:

Herbert Brenon
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Cast overview:
Conway Tearle ... Jerry Naughton
Alice Joyce ... Ethel Westcourt
Clara Bow ... Kittens Westcourt
Norman Trevor ... Hugh Westcourt
Eleanor Lawson Eleanor Lawson ... Irma
Dorothy Cumming ... Mrs. Mazzarene
Donald Keith ... Kenneth Cobb
Leila Hyams ... Birdie Courtney
Spencer Charters ... Butter and Egg Man
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Young girl becomes a "flapper", defying her parents and the community.

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Youth-Wild, Free and Reckless. Middle-Age -Out For One Last Fling. A High Steppin' Entertainment against a Kaleidoscopic Panorama of New York. (Print Ad- Sunday Vindicator, ((Youngstown, Ohio)) 29 August 1926)

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Drama

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Passed
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This marks the Paramount Pictures debut of Clara Bow. She was chosen for the role of Katherine "Kittens" Westcourt after the studio's first choice, Betty Bronson, was rejected after several screen tests; director Herbert Brenon stated that "when she tried to be sexy, she looked like a little girl that wanted to go to the bathroom." See more »

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Unconventional ending
10 September 2001 | by lestmoreSee all my reviews

Dancing Mothers is unique in two ways...its ending and showing how women have minds and opinions of their own. While most Hollywood Melodramas of this period had happy, "Pollyanna-ish" endings...Dancing Mothers strays in a most realistic and refreshing way. The Mother (Alice Joyce), tired of being taken for granted, goes out on her own and leaves her selfish daughter (Clara Bow) and husband (Norman Trevor) behind. an ending that todays audiences do not have a hard time swallowing, but audiences of the 1920's expected everything to be tied up in pretty Hollywood ribbons and all made good. And bravo for those who chose to have a woman hold her own and stand up for herself and not give in to what societal norms would dictate. Strong women were not too very typical in the silent era.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dygdens krokvägar See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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