Our Dancing Daughters

  • 1928
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

This breezy, cautionary tale of Jazz Age youth pushed Joan Crawford, already known in the Hollywood community for her uninhibited dancing, to center stage via some vigorous shimmying. Thoroughly modern Diana Medford (Crawford) lives for dancing and drinking, though she's really a decent girl at heart. She falls in love with millionaire dreamboat Ben Blaine...read more

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This breezy, cautionary tale of Jazz Age youth pushed Joan Crawford, already known in the Hollywood community for her uninhibited dancing, to center stage via some vigorous shimmying. Thoroughly modern Diana Medford (Crawford) lives for dancing and drinking, though she's really a decent

girl at heart. She falls in love with millionaire dreamboat Ben Blaine (John Mack Brown), but loses him to the hard-drinking Ann (Anita Page), whose flapper antics are driven by a scheming mother (Kathlyn Williams) determined that her girl will make a good marriage. Shortly after the wedding, Ann

falls down a flight of steps in a drunken stupor and is killed. Ben realizes that he really loved Diana all along, and the two are reunited. A part-sound film based on a story by Josephine Lovitt that ran serially in Hearst newspapers, OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS managed to get plenty of mileage out of

the wild carryings-on of modern youth while assuring viewers that most of them were just good kids having a little fun. The film was trimmed in several markets because of shots of Crawford's underwear and a racy love scene; Crawford also strips off her skirt while doing the Charleston. Though

Clara Bow was still the epitome of the uninhibited flapper in movies, Crawford gave her a good run for her money in this film, for which she won particular praise for both her slim figure and her unrestrained dancing. It spawned two similarly themed and titled follow-ups, OUR MODERN MAIDENS (1929)

and OUR BLUSHING BRIDES (1930), both starring Crawford and Anita Page.

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