Our Blushing Brides
|Our Blushing Brides|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Harry Beaumont (uncredited)|
|Produced by||Harry Beaumont|
|Written by||Bess Meredyth
John Howard Lawson
Edwin Justus Mayer
Helen Meinardi (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Merritt B. Gerstad|
|Editing by||George Hively
Harold Palmer (uncredited)
|Running time||99 minutes|
The film is a follow-up to Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and Our Modern Maidens (1929), which also starred Joan Crawford, Anita Page, and Dorothy Sebastian. The two previous installments in the series were both silent films, while Our Blushing Brides is a sound film which was a relatively new aspect to motion pictures. The fact that it features audible dialogue was an advertising point mentioned on the movie poster.
Our Blushing Brides was Crawford's thirty-first film (of eight-six total), but only her fourth sound film. Crawford plays Gerry, a shopgirl in love with the heir to a department store where she works. With this film, MGM began to develop a more sophisticated image of Joan Crawford, rather than continuing to promote her flapper girl persona of the silent era.
Fellow department store shopgirls and roommates Gerry March (Joan Crawford), Connie Blair (Anita Page) and Franky Daniels (Dorothy Sebastian) take different paths in the big city, but all seek to marry themselves to wealthy men. Connie pursues an affair with David Jardine (Raymond Hackett), son of the department store owner. Meanwhile, Franky meets the slick-talking Marty Sanderson (John Miljan) when he comes into the store to buy $500 ($7,000 in 2013 dollars) worth of towels. However, when Sanderson comes to pick Franky up, he hits on Gerry instead.
At the same time, Gerry has been constantly courted by the dashing Tony Jardine (Robert Montgomery), elder son of the store owner. He is used to getting what he wants, but when he invites her to visit the gardens on his estate alone, she rebuffs him. She sadly believes that virtue will be her only reward, and tells him, "You're still 13, and writing on the sidewalk with chalk."
Franky falls in love with Sanderson, who spoils her with diamonds and silk. Gerry is suspicious, especially when she finds them both drunk and has to lead Franky out. However, unbeknownst to them, Sanderson is the leader of a criminal gang that steals from department stores like the one the women work at. The police come to apprehend Franky, believing she is a part of the gang, but she knows nothing of it.
Meanwhile, Connie is very happy with David and intends to marry him. However, she reads in the newspaper that David intends to marry the high-society Evelyn Woodforth (Martha Sleeper). She listens to the reception being broadcast on the radio and takes poison in an attempt kills herself. Gerry finds her and goes to Tony in order to force David to leave his reception to visit Connie. In a contentious conversation, Tony forces David to leave and visit Connie, and this selfless act attracts Gerry and convinces her that Tony is a good guy after all. However, despite David's visit, Connie dies.