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Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 1928 (USA)
A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Josephine Lovett (story and scenario), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Diana Medford
Johnny Mack Brown ... Ben Blaine (as John Mack Brown)
Nils Asther ... Norman
Dorothy Sebastian ... Beatrice
Anita Page ... Ann
Kathlyn Williams ... Ann's Mother
Edward J. Nugent ... Freddie (as Edward Nugent)
Dorothy Cumming ... Diana's Mother
Huntley Gordon ... Diana's Father (as Huntly Gordon)
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Freddie's Mother
Sam De Grasse ... Freddie's Father (as Sam de Grasse)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
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Storyline

Diana is outwardly the hit of the party but inwardly virtuous and idealistic. Her friend Ann is thoroughly selfish and amoral. Both are attracted to Ben Blaine, soon-to-be millionaire. He takes Diana's flirtations with other boys as a sign of disinterest in him and marries Ann. Big mistake. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

THE JAZZ MAD GIRL THE JAZZ MAD WHIRL A romance of flaming youth, the children of the rich, and the jazz-mad age. (Print Ad- Steuben Courier, ((Bath, NY)) 1 February 1929)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dansende Ungdom See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$178,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film that made Joan Crawford a star. See more »

Goofs

When Ann is at the top of the stairs watching the women scrub the floor at the bottom, her hair changes drastically between the medium shot of her and the following close-up. See more »

Quotes

Ben Blaine: I was just thinking - a man has to be sure of the girl he marries...
Ann: I know how you must feel, Ben - about girls who are daring - and free with their - love - I know I seem stupid - I can't be daring - and free with men - I'm not a 'modern'...
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Connections

Followed by Our Blushing Brides (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
Played as background music when Freddie leaves his parents
Reprised at the party
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Joan Crawford's First Cinematic Hurrah
11 June 2007 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Wealthy and flashy Diana falls hard for Ben Blaine--who unjustly interprets her vivacity as looseness and in turn falls hard for prim and proper Anne--who is in fact a vicious gold digger with a heart of stone. Will Ben ever see through Anne's facade and realize Diana's true worth? Directed by Harry Beaumont with sets by the legendary Cederick Gibbons, OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS was bright, sharp, pretty to look at, and just sexy enough to make the censors fume--the type of film that MGM seemed to produce by the bushel during the late silent era. The studio expected it to perform well, but there was no reason for anyone to think it would generate more than passing interest, much less a legendary star. But it did.

Born in 1904, Lucille Le Sueur endured a hardknocks childhood to become a popular chorus girl in New York night spots before signing with MGM in 1925--and renamed Joan Crawford she churned out some two dozen films in three years without setting the world on fire. Until, that is, MGM allowed her dance on table tops and despair of winning her true love in this slickly produced, well acted, but essentially formula melodrama. And even today it is still possible to see what all the fuss was about: not only was she bursting with youthful energy and appeal, it was the first film in which Joan Crawford really LOOKED like Joan Crawford, and although still limited her acting chops weren't half bad either.

The overall cast is particularly strong, with Anita Page turning in a memorable performance as the pretty but wicked Anne and Dorothy Sebastian as Bea, a good girl with a few missed steps in her past; male leads Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Aster, and Edward J. Nugent provide solid support as various love interests; and Kathlyn Williams proves memorable as Anne's manipulative mother. While OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS will never rival the truly great films of the late silent era, it is still a lot of fun, and those who want to see Crawford's first cinematic hurrah will not be disappointed.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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