Above: ""Our Blushing Brides" was a dud. Poor Bob Montgomery didn't stand a chance with the script;
"Our Blushing Brides" 1930
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Jerry March), Anita Page, Dorothy Sebastian, Robert Montgomery, Raymond Hackett, John Miljan, Albert
Conti, Edward Brophy, Hedda Hopper, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Martha Sleeper, Gwen Lee, Mary Doran, Catherine Moylan, Norma
Drew, Claire Dodd,
Gerry (Joan), Connie (Anite Page) and Franky (Dorothy Sebastian) are best friends who live and work together in New York City.
Three shopgirls looking for love, desperate to find a man to keep them, have little luck realizing their dream.
Cost: $337K/Domestic Studio Gross: $874K/Foreign Studio Gross: $337K/ Profit:$412K
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Reviewer, writerdonna7, says...
This is one of my favorite early Joan Crawford pictures. While most creak at the seams, having been made in the early days
of sound, the datedness in this film is part of its charm. In fact, one of my favorite lines is when Crawford as Gerry March
says of her roommate's boyfriend, "Just what you'd expect. 1910 motor. 1930 chassis." The paper-thin plot concerns
the romantic lives of three young women sharing a coldwater flat in the Bronx, practical Gerry; dreamy Connie Blair (the always-adorable
Anita Page); and Franky Daniels (Dorothy Sebastian) who all also happen to work in the same department store (for $22.50 a
week!) where they are apparently required to perform some prurient showroom lingerie-modeling for customers on the side. Amusingly,
the opening reminds me of Robert Altman or even the film "Coma" where supposedly "real life" conversations
are filmed as our three female protagonists move through the locker rooms of the store and converge with dozens of other women
at the mirrors. The conversations between various "extras" sound stagy and unconvincing here as they do in "Coma"
with my favorite being a gum-chewing (of course) broad saying to her girlfriend, "And he says to me, 'Yeah?' and I says
to him, 'Yeah.'" It's almost as good as the lines in a Dashiell Hammett story where the character spits out, "It
was going to be eggs in the coffee -- yeah! Duck soup -- yeah!" The crowded female locker room resembles a sweat shop.
Lucius Beebe in the New York Times (1930) said, "It is all quite lamentable and would be downright depressing in its
spurious elegance if it were not for the humorous and intelligent acting of Joan Crawford, who plays the part of a mannequin
with enough assurance for a marchessa and enough virtue for a regiment."
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