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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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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)

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$173,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$757,000
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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

When he meets Diana, Ben Blaine is introduced to her as "Ben Blaine of Birmingham. The finest halfback the University of Alabama ever had." In fact, actor Johnny Mack Brown had previously been a halfback for the University of Alabama's 1926 national championship football team. At the 1926 Rose Bowl, Brown had earned the Most Valuable Player award by scoring 2 of Alabama's 3 touchdowns in an upset win over the University of Washington. (When the movie was released in 1928, Brown's status as a college football star would have been familiar to movie audiences.) See more »

Quotes

Note With Flowers to Ann: Hurrah for Giraffes and other Long Neckers. Will call for you. Freddie
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Soundtracks

I Loved You Then (As I Love You Now)
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Sung by an offscreen chorus at the party and danced to by the guests
Sung offscreen often by both a male solist and a female solist and as a duet
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See Joan Dance
30 July 2002 | by claudiacasswellSee all my reviews

The 1928 silent film OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS is the story of three flappers and their efforts to marry the men of their dreams. Ann (Anita Page) is a conniving little tramp who passes herself off as a 'good girl' in order to win the affections of Ben Blaine (Johnny Mack Brown), millionaire from Birmingham. Diana (Joan Crawford) is a good girl who passes herself off as a bad girl as she too pursues Ben's affections. Bea (Dorothy Sebastian) used to be a bad girl but is now a good girl and hopes to marry Norman (Nils Asther), who must live with the agony of knowing that Bea was once 'free with her love'. Ben doesn't seem to know what the hell he wants and doesn't seem to know very much about women either. Throughout the film, the girls' mothers dispense motherly advice and, inexplicably, share underwear with their daughters.

Ms Crawford was hitting her stride with MGM in '28 and OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS is the best of seven Joan Crawford films released that year and the one that launched her to stardom. The scene in which she danced the Charleston was the highlight of this movie. Unfortunately the title is a bit misleading because there is in fact very little dancing in this film.

Claudia's Bottom Line: Rather boring and predictable, but check out Joan's Charleston.


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