Our Dancing Daughters

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Our Dancing Daughters
Our Dancing Daughters lobby card.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Harry Beaumont
Produced by Hunt Stromberg
Written by Josephine Lovett
Marion Ainslee
Ruth Cummings
Starring Joan Crawford
John Mack Brown
Music by William Axt
Cinematography George Barnes
Edited by William Hamilton
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
September 1, 1928 (1928-09-01)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles
Budget $178,000[1]
Box office $1,099,000[1]

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.



Bland Johnson in the New York Mirror commented, "Joan Crawford...does the greatest work of her career."[2] The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (Josephine Lovett) and Best Cinematography (George Barnes).

Box Office[edit]

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.[1]

DVD release[edit]

This was released in 2010 on DVD. [3]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.
  3. ^ "Silent Era: Home Video: Our Dancing Daughters". Retrieved September 20, 2014. 

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