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Even those who can't recall the plot of the silent Our Dancing Daughters (and there admittedly isn't much to remember) can never forget the indelible images of Joan Crawford tearing loose with one Charleston after another. Since everyone in the film is rich, the wild parties that dominate Our Dancing Daughters are played out in the biggest mansions this side of Windsor castle. Jazz-baby Crawford is actually a good girl despite her hedonistic lifestyle. She wants to marry young millionaire Johnny Mack Brown, but he is tricked into marriage by deceitful Anita Page. After drinking herself blotto at a party, Anita brags about her subterfuge, then conveniently tumbles down a long flight of stairs to her death ("Poor little rich girl" is the general consensus of opinion amongst the many servants, though few in the audience are shedding any tears). Thus, Crawford is able at last to link up with Brown, presumably to live happily ever after. Released with synchronized music and sound effects, Our Dancing Daughters manages to convey the "noise" of the Roaring '20s without sound, relying instead on inserted shots of art-deco statuary and the bubbling-over performance of Joan Crawford in the role that made her a star. Crawford was reunited with her Anita Page co-stars Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian in two follow-up films (not sequels), Dorothy Sebastian (1929) and Dorothy Sebastian (1930). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Josephine Lovett Best Screenplay 1928 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Barnes Best Cinematography 1928 Nominee


Joan Crawford
as Diana Medford
Johnny Mack Brown
as Ben Black
Dorothy Sebastian
as Beatrice
Anita Page
as Ann
Kathlyn Williams
as Ann's Mother
Nils Asther
as Norman
Eddie Nugent
as Freddie
Huntly Gordon
as Diana's father
Sam de Grasse
as Freddie's father
Eddie Quillan
Dorothy Cumming
as Anne's mother
Sam de Grasse
as Freddie's father
Huntly Gordon
as Diana's father


Harry Beaumont
Hunt Stromberg
Josephine Lovett
George Barnes
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Set Designer