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Our Modern Maidens (1929)

A flapper charms a diplomat to procure her fiancé a career opportunity, while the fiancé starts a relationship with her best friend.

Director:

Jack Conway

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Josephine Lovett (story and continuity by), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Billie
Rod La Rocque ... Abbott
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Gil
Anita Page ... Kentucky
Edward J. Nugent ... Reg (as Edward Nugent)
Josephine Dunn ... Ginger
Albert Gran ... B. Bickering Brown
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Storyline

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 Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Joan Crawford Who made you sit up and take notice in "Our Dancing Daughters" will make you gasp in "Our Modern Maidens" (Print Ad , Black River Democrat, Lowville, NY 2 January 1930) See more »

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Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikali bakireler See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford married co-star Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in a well orchestrated publicity event for the film. See more »

Quotes

Gil: There's something in my pocket. Dig in for it.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

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Should I
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
One of the main themes played throughout the movie
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Straddling the silent and sound eras
15 September 2013 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

OUR MODERN MAIDENS (1929) comes with a synchronized audio track (music and sound effects) but is still a "silent" film, with dialogue conveyed via intertitle cards. The story concerns carefree young people, out of college and into society, the world in the palms of their hands. Joan Crawford hams it up to a ridiculous extent with her jazz baby routine. Although she was the star of the picture, Crawford is the least appealing character in the film. Her look here isn't very feminine. By contrast Anita Page is awfully cute as the sweet and naive friend.

Page loves dashing young Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who is pretty serious about Crawford, his longtime sweetheart. Meanwhile, Crawford is playing around with Rod La Rocque, a big shot diplomat of some kind. Melodrama ensues. Joan Crawford finds herself mixed up in two love triangles and, heroine that she is, must make noble decisions.

There's an interesting scene where Douglas Fairbanks Jr. does celebrity impressions at a party. His character impersonates silent-screen actors John Barrymore, John Gilbert, and then -- in the role of "Robin Hood" -- his own father Douglas Fairbanks Sr. It's a nice little treat for astute film buffs.

Starring together in a feature for the first and only time, Crawford and Fairbanks were married that same year in real life.

6.5/10


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