“When it comes to marriage, men are still old-fashioned.”
A fun-loving but decent flapper (Joan Crawford) is devastated when the man she loves (Johnny Mack Brown) marries a deceptively “innocent” gold-digger (Anita Page) instead.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Gold Diggers
- Joan Crawford Films
- Love Triangle
- Silent Films
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 — 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. While not one of Crawford’s best features, film fanatics will certainly be curious to check out Our Dancing Daughters at least once.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Joan Crawford as Diana Medford
- Anita Page as “Annikins”
Yes, for its historical importance as Crawford’s “breakthrough” role.