""Our Modern Maidens" paired me up with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,
"Our Modern Maidens" 1929
Cast: Joan Crawford (as Billie Brown), Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page,
This sequel to Our Dancing Daughters, teamed real life couple Joan and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. together and made for a clever studio marketing campaign. The public's fascination with Hollywood's new "golden couple" ensured Joan's last silent film was a success. Billie (Joan) and Gil (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) are engaged to each other but end up falling for other people. In a controversial topic for the times, (before the inception of the Motion Picture Production Code), Gil gets Billie's best friend, Kentucky (Anita Page) pregnant! Despite Billie and Gil going through with their wedding as planned, everyone ends up with their true love in the end.
Box Office Receipts: $857,000.
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Joan Crawford's Grandson, Casey Lalonde, says...
"A follow up to Our Dancing Daughters finds Joan in the same type of role, although this time coupled with real life husband Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Fireworks ensued and the film was a smash hit. Like Our Dancing Daughters, the film is weightless but entertaining and is a pleasure to see Doug and Joan onscreen together."
Reviewer, Samantha Kelley, says...
"Our Modern Maidens" has much of the same cast as "Our Dancing Daughters," which serves as sort of a prequel
to this film. The stories are not the same, and neither are the characters, but the sentiments are. Billie Brown (Joan Crawford)
and Gil Jordan (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) are childhood sweethearts who are secretly engaged, but they don't want to publicize
their engagement until Gil gets a better job. That leaves plenty of time for Billie to woo Glenn Abbott (Rod LaRoque), an
important figure who can help Gil get his job. Gil becomes jealous of Abbott's affection, so he spends plenty of time with
lovestruck Kentucky (Anita Page). The whole situation becomes a giant mess, and the wedding that should have brought them
together ends up tearing Billie and Gil apart.
Photoplay summed the film up in one sentence, "Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., in a sequel to 'Our Dancing Daughters.'
Must you be told that it's a sure-fire hit?" - It was.
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