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Our Modern Maidens (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 8 September 1929 (USA)
A flapper charms a diplomat to procure her fiancé a career opportunity, while the fiancé starts a relationship with her best friend.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Josephine Lovett (story and continuity by), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Billie
Rod La Rocque ... Abbott
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Gil
Anita Page ... Kentucky
Edward J. Nugent ... Reg (as Edward Nugent)
Josephine Dunn ... Ginger
Albert Gran ... B. Bickering Brown
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Storyline

Young vivacious Billie uses her charms on influential businessman Glenn Abbott in hopes of getting her secret fiancée Gil a diplomatic appointment. Meanwhile Gil's affections meander to beautiful ingenue Kentucky, Billie's best friend. After securing Gil's appointment, Abbott is crushed to learn of Billie's impending marriage. What Billie didn't count on was Gil getting Kentucky pregnant. This throws her wedding day into scandal and creates turmoil in the lives of the youthful quartet. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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An all-talking--singing and dancing jazz party! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikalı bakireler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford married co-star Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in a well orchestrated publicity event for the film. See more »

Quotes

Billie Brown: What do you think of a groomless honeymoon? Modern, isn't it? I'm just starting the fashion.
Ginger: Do tell us... is this a modern moral... or just another immoral modern?
Billie Brown: Do you think you'd know the difference, darling?
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Followed by Our Blushing Brides (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Should I
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
One of the main themes played throughout the movie
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Our Dull Dollies
7 July 2004 | by Kieran_KenneySee all my reviews

This film, the sequel to Our Dancing Daughters, is better than the first, but not by much. It's story drags and the characters are very flat and uninteresting.

A few positive things that can be said: While Joan Crawford is not very pretty in the role of Billie Brown, she shows that she can carry a film.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. isn't that bad as an actor. The jerkiness of his scenes has to be forgiven; he still didn't have much experience with acting in pictures. He does a lot less posing than his father, which is nice. He also imitates his father in a party scene, and also does amusing and effective impressions of Lon Cheney and John Gilbert.

Anita Page, so hateful in the first film, is delightful here. Her character is so much more likable here, and it really gives her a chance to let her real personality shine through. Miss Page just recently started acting in films again, after years off the screen, and is one of the oldest of the original Hollywood line up.

The sets and costumes are great. The cinematography is also very nice.

Our Modern Maidens falters in several places. It's poorly paced, with long scenes that feel padded and unnecessarily slow. The last fifteen minutes progress slowest of all, with too must emoting on sofas and rushing from room to room. The use of sound is interesting, and reflects a time when Hollywood was frantic to market any film they could as a talkie. This is a silent film, with intertitles, and sound effects. For instance: when Joan asks her girlfriends what their thoughts are on leaving school, they chant "MEN! MEN! MEN!" both in an intertitle and on the sound track.

Typical commercial fare at the time, Our Modern Maidens is made watchable by it's visual design and by Joan Crawford and Anita Page. I recommend it to fans of either, but the average viewer will probably find it laborsome and slow.


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