Our Dancing Daughters: Hollywood's Zenith of the Jazz Era

Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters. Photo: Glamamor.com
Our Dancing Daughters: Hollywood's Zenith of the Jazz Era The three 'daughters' of the film. Photo: thehipreport.com

A film considered the great apex of the silent film era, Our Dancing Daughters is a perfect time capsule of 1920s high society and a showcase for the young woman formerly known as Lucille Le Sueur -- Joan Crawford.

She rose to fame as the quintessential Jazz Baby -- a woman of social means and relaxed morals who was liberated of the corsets and sexual mores of the previous age. And Joan Crawford was embraced by American and international film fans as the ideal movie star. She remained a box office favorite until the late 1940s and never stopped being a star until her death in 1977.

Our Dancing Daughters encapsulates all the social change of this time, as well as creating a moving picture album of the fashions and interior designs of Art Deco period. See the movie that continues to nurture the legacy of this unique time in American history and film. And you may begin to understand why Crawford's star still shines.

Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

“23-year-old Joan Crawford sparkles in this 'part-sound' film about fun-loving flappers during the Roaring Twenties who find their desire for good times strictly at odds with their chances for happy marriage. Crawford’s character — a highly likable heroine who’s given a rough break but triumphs in the end (naturally) — is allowed plenty of opportunities to dance the Charleston and show off her bubbly personality, while blonde Anita Page as Crawford’s romantic rival is fine as well, particularly during her hilariously infamous final scene ('Women — women — why are you working?'). The use of strategic background noise and musical numbers on the synchronized soundtrack is effective, adding to the overall ambiance of the era.” — filmfanatic.org. 84 minutes. Not rated. 

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