Film Series: Vamp - Our Dancing Daughters (1923)
Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow: the most well-known faces of the silent film era — and the first American superstars of the modern age. Join Fresh City Life as we highlight the beautiful and talented women who helped to launch a new art form. These pre-sound movie icons were masters of telling a story with an artful gesture or a meaningful look. We’ve scheduled five great films and we’ll let you know about other great silent films in our collection, too.
Our Dancing Daughters (1923)
Directed by Harry Beaumont. Starring Joan Crawford.
“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.