Our Dancing Daughters
|Our Dancing Daughters|
|Directed by||Harry Beaumont|
|Produced by||Hunt Stromberg|
|Written by||Josephine Lovett
John Mack Brown
|Music by||William Axt|
|Edited by||William Hamilton|
|Release date(s)||September 1, 1928|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Our Dancing Daughters is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Joan Crawford and John Mack Brown (later billed after a career decline as "Johnny Mack Brown"), about the "loosening of youth morals" that took place during the 1920s. The film was directed by Harry Beaumont and produced by Hunt Stromberg. This was the film that made Joan Crawford a major star, a position she held for the following half century.
While the film has no audible dialog, it was released with a synchronized soundtrack and sound effects.
"Dangerous Diana" Medford (Crawford) is outwardly flamboyant and popular but inwardly virtuous and idealistic, patronizing her parents (Dorothy Cumming and Huntley Gordon) by telling them not to stay out late. Her friend Ann (Anita Page) chases boys for their money and is as amoral as her mother (Kathlyn Williams). Diana and Ann are both attracted to Ben Blaine (John Mack Brown). He takes Diana's flirtatious behavior with other boys as a sign of uninterest in him and marries Ann. Diana becomes distraught for a while. Later, Diana throws a party which Ann hopes to attend with her lover, Freddie (Edward J. Nugent). She gets into an argument with her husband about the party but attends anyway; Ben attends behind Ann's back. Ben and Diana realize their love for each other, and, when Ann falls to her death due to drunkenness, the two are free to unite. Others in the cast include Nils Asther as Norman, Dorothy Sebastian as Beatrice, and Evelyn Hall and Sam De Grasse as Freddie's parents.
- Joan Crawford as Diana 'Di' Medford
- John Mack Brown as Ben Blaine
- Nils Asther as Norman
- Dorothy Sebastian as Beatrice 'Bea'
- Anita Page as Ann 'Annikins'
- Kathlyn Williams as Ann's mother
- Edward J. Nugent as Freddie (billed as Edward Nugent)
- Dorothy Cumming as Diana's mother
- Huntley Gordon as Diana's father (billed as Huntly Gordon)
- Evelyn Hall as Freddie's mother
- Sam De Grasse as Freddie's father (billed as Sam de Grasse)
Bland Johnson in the New York Mirror commented, "Joan Crawford...does the greatest work of her career."
According to MGM records the film earned $757,000 in the US and Canada and $342,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $304,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.
- Our Dancing Daughters at Rotten Tomatoes
- Our Dancing Daughters at the Internet Movie Database
- Our Dancing Daughters at AllMovie
- Review on notcoming.com