""Our Modern Maidens" paired me up with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,
"Our Modern Maidens" 1929
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Billie Brown), Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page,
This sequel to Our Dancing Daughters, teamed real life couple Joan and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. together and made for a clever studio marketing campaign. The public's fascination with Hollywood's new "golden couple" ensured Joan's last silent film was a success. Billie (Joan) and Gil (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) are engaged to each other but end up falling for other people. In a controversial topic for the times, (before the inception of the Motion Picture Production Code), Gil gets Billie's best friend, Kentucky (Anita Page) pregnant! Despite Billie and Gil going through with their wedding as planned, everyone ends up with their true love in the end.
Box Office Receipts: $857,000.
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Joan Crawford's Grandson, Casey Lalonde, says...
"A follow up to Our Dancing Daughters finds Joan in the same type of role, although this time coupled with real life husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Fireworks ensued and the film was a smash hit. Like Our Dancing Daughters, the film is weightless but entertaining and is a pleasure to see Doug and Joan onscreen together."
Reviewer, writerdonna7, says...
"Our Modern Maidens" is a semi-talkie about Jazz Age babies, part of a trilogy that began with "Our Dancing
Daughters" (the film that launched Joan Crawford to stardom) and penned by the same author as "Daughters" Josephine
Lovett. Music and occasional sound effects accompany the visuals (the best being the assembled girls yelling what they are
preoccupied with: "Men! Men! Men!" which appears on soundtrack and in titles both), but aside from that exception,
title cards are used throughout for the dialogue. With the young female stars dressed by Adrian and glittering Art Deco sets
by Cedric Gibbons, it is visually bright and striking and for the most part, moves along at a clip that almost matches the
dancing and the opening sequence of college kids in fast cars. Since Joan Crawford (as Billie Brown; interestingly, using
her "real" first name or the one she used after being born Lucille LeSeur) and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (as Gil Jordan)
had just announced their engagement off-screen, this film capitalized on the media frenzy by pairing them in this, their one
and only film together and Crawford's last silent. And I have to say, as a duo, they have tremendous chemistry. They are both
young, fun-loving and adorable and clearly besotted with one another.
Photoplay summed the film up in one sentence, "Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., in a sequel to 'Our Dancing Daughters.'
Must you be told that it's a sure-fire hit?" - It was.
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