""Our Dancing Daughters" was a field day for me - I think it was the first time the script department was told to write strictly for me." -Joan Crawford
"Our Dancing Daughters" 1928
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Diana Medford, aka Dangerous Diana), Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page, Nils Asther,
Dorothy Cummings, Huntley Gordon, Evelyn Hall, Sam De Grasse, Edward Nugent, Eddie Quinlan.
Diana Medford (Joan) is a good time girl, never afraid to kick up her heels, dance on a table, flirt with any man that would look her way, she is the quintessential rebel of the 20's Jazz era. A good girl underneath her overly exuberant exterior, she falls in love with millionaire, Ben Blaine (John Mack Brown) but he's tricked into marrying the hard drinking, Ann (Anita Page). Shortly after their union, Ann (Anita Page) falls down a flight of stairs during one of her drunken binges and is killed. Fate brings Diana (Joan) and Ben (Johnny Mack Brown) back together for that happily ever after ending that the audience expects.
1928 was a big year for Joan, having made a staggering nine films in that year alone, "Our Dancing Daughters," was
the one that officially made her a star. This is the film that inundated MGM with mail addressed to 'Joan Crawford.' This
is the film that prompted the studio to double her salary. Joan Crawford had served her time as an uncredited bit player,
her name would appear above the title from now on and it would stay there for another four decades.
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Joan Crawford's Grandson, Casey Lalonde, says...
"Joan came into stardom during the Roaring 20's with "Our Dancing Daughters," a great film that embedded her image with the public as the Flapper Girl. I find the film a fascinating study of late 1920's pop culture with the carefree flapper finding happiness by film's end. What a wonderful way for Joan to make her big break."
Reviewer, robert.bertrand, says...
This is the film that cemented Joan's position in Hollywood and established her as a major star. The picture is considered
by many to be the quintessential example of flappers, vamps, prohibition and that what-the-Hell attitude of the Roaring Twenties.
Its the story of three girl friends who take different paths on the road to love. Based on a novel of the same name, the movie
is a wonderful blend of comedy, romance and drama. Joan fought fervently to acquire the lead role of Diana Medford, the perfect
illustration of the headstrong flapper. (At the time, Joans private life resembled that of her character Diana Medford.)
New York World had this to say, "Of Miss Crawford it may be predicted that in case her managers continue to find just
such breezy little comedies for her she will realize what apparently has been her ambition for at least two years, and get
going as a star in her own right. She had good looks, sprightliness, intelligence and a good sense of humor. She dances with
great grace and versatility and she knows when - and how - to call a halt."
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