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In MGM's Our Modern Maidens (1929), Joan Crawford becomes the bride of Douglas Fairbanks Jr., just as she would in real life in the same year the movie was released. In the movie each falls in love with someone else: Crawford with diplomat Rod La Rocque and Fairbanks with Crawford's houseguest Anita Page. Although he doesn't know it until he's about to embark on his honeymoon with Crawford, Fairbanks has impregnated Page -- a development that was allowed in the days before the Motion Picture Production Code cracked down on "immoral behavior" in movies.
Already engaged as Our Modern Maidens was being shot, Crawford and Fairbanks had adjacent dressing rooms and had a special whistle to announce their presence to each other. They also took to speaking a special form of "pig Latin" that no one else could understand. After the movie was completed, the pair placed their footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Then they were off to their wedding in New York City on June 3, 1929. (The marriage ended in divorce in 1933.)
Our Modern Maidens, Crawford's final silent film, was a follow-up to her star-making vehicle, Our Dancing Daughters (1928), which also co-starred Page. A third entry in Crawford's "Jazz Baby" series, Our Blushing Brides (1930), led one wag of the day to wonder whether a fourth film might be called Our Dizzy Divorcees. The successful series propelled Crawford into superstardom with her projection of what one reviewer of Our Modern Maidens described as "the hard, ultra-modern, world-weary girl so prevalent in our contemporary life."
Producer: Jack Conway, Hunt Stromberg (uncredited)
Director: Jack Conway
Screenplay: Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings, Josephine Lovett
Cinematography: Oliver Marsh
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Original Music: Arthur Lange, William Axt (uncredited)
Editing: Sam Zimbalist
Costume Design: Adrian
Principal Cast: Joan Crawford (Billie Brown), Rod La Rocque (Glenn Abbott), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Gil Jordan), Anita Page (Kentucky Strafford), Josephine Dunn (Ginger ) Edward Nugent (Reg).
by Roger Fristoe