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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.


Harry Beaumont


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




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 ... Freddie's Mother
Sam De Grasse ... Freddie's Father (as Sam de Grasse)


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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No wonder a girl is misjudged-flaming youth in the grip of a jazz-mad age! (Print Ad-Syracuse Journal, ((Syracuse NY)) 6 August 1928) See more »




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A huge hit for MGM. The film cost only $178,000 and took in $1.1M at the box office., over six times its production costs, not including publicity and distribution. When these are taken into account, MGM made a profit of $304,000 ($4.42M in 2019) according to studio records. See more »


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 »


Bandleader: Come on, Miss Diane, strut your stuff!
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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 dances the Charleston
30 March 2016 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

The movie that launched Joan Crawford's career, and which so nicely captured some of the spirit of the flappers in the late 1920's. The scenes of her cutting loose with the Charleston amidst art deco furnishings are certainly the highlight. The plot itself is a pretty thin morality tale. Crawford and Anita Page pursue the same newly minted millionaire, who confuses who is "the pure one" and of course gets it wrong. Perhaps it's understandable, since there is a lot of dancing, legs, and playful kissing of guy friends to go around. There is an undercurrent of the double standard common for the time (how interesting this was made in the same year Woolf gave her 'A Room of One's Own' speeches); Dorothy Sebastian plays another character who must live down her past, and convince her husband to forgive her for it.

The movie is silent and not in the greatest shape anymore, but that might have added a little to its charm. It's also interesting to see the short hairstyles, cloche hats, and the dialog:

Offering a drink: "Li'l hot baby want a cool li'l sip?"

After a big kiss: "What a service station *you* turned out to be!"

By the shoreline, to a pretty song; ah youth: "It's such a pleasant thing – just to be alive!" "You want to taste all of life – don't you?" "Yes – all! I want to hold out my hands and catch it – like the sunlight."

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Release Date:

1 September 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Dancing Daughters See more »

Filming Locations:

Pebble Beach, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$178,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(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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