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Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

Postby kingrat » April 20th, 2012, 6:25 pm

First film of the festival: Ben Mankiewicz interviewed Anita Page's daughter, Linda Snyder Stern, before a showing of OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS. Ms. Stern had never seen this film on the big screen and was looking forward to it.

Anita Page chose MGM over Paramount because MGM made women stars. Her favorite film was OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS because she got to play the bad girl. She liked Joan Crawford, but her mother thought Joan was too old and too sophisticated for the 17-year-old Anita. Later on, Marion Davies became Anita's best friend.

Ms. Stern confirmed that Benito Mussolini wrote fan letters to Anita Page.

Her career suffered when she refused to have sex with some MGM executives and when her father, unbeknown to Anita, asked Louis B. Mayer for more money for her.

After her Hollywood career, Anita Page married and led the life of a Navy wife. They moved around a lot. Ms. Stern describes herself as a "change of life baby." Ms. Stern went on to have a show buisness career, including work as a Dolly Parton lookalike. If you see the pictures of her taken at the festival, you will understand why.

I loved the film. Would anyone like to chat about it?

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Re: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

Postby intothenitrate » April 21st, 2012, 8:12 am

I watched ODD again recently, but I'm still warming up to it. It's just my personal issues with Crawford. It's certainly a sumptuous production. This last time around, I developed quite a screen crush for Dorothy Sebastian. She photographs sooo beautifully.

But on the subject of Page, she shocked me recently in Skyscraper Souls, an over-the-top pre-coder made by Metropolitan and released through MGM. She plays a cynical model who belches at the lunch counter after downing a morning-after bicarb (!), and has abandoned all pretense about what a girl might do to survive in the grips of the Depression.

At the end of the film, she hooks up with Jean Hersholt, a lonely jeweler. Their's is one of the few happy endings in this roller-coaster ride of a film. It's a sweet and poignant vignette, very well played.
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Re: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

Postby charliechaplinfan » April 21st, 2012, 11:53 am

I like Anita Page and always wondered why the girl they seemed to be building up in the late twenties early thirties became only a supporting actress, she seemed like the likeable girl next door so to watch her in Her Dancing Daughters, one of her early films but one of my later viewings of one of her films was quite a surprise. Our Dancing Daughters is a great late silent movie, it captures the flapper side to Joan Crawford, it captures the natural Joan Crawford, if there ever was one, nowhere does he come across as carefree as in this movie and some of the location shooting is simply stunning. I'm glad you got to watch it one the big screen.
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Re: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

Postby MichiganJ » April 21st, 2012, 1:59 pm

I like Our Dancing Daughters a lot. I think it is one of the best examples of the flapper film, and has one of Crawford's best performances. Like intothenitrate, I'm not much of a fan of Crawford, but think she was better in silents than talkies because her penchant for over-emoting is less obvious in pantomime.

Page does steal the show, however, and is a terrific "bad" girl. Since Our Dancing Daughters was one of her first featured roles, it's surprising that she didn't get to play similar roles. It's a shame that her career was stalled because of the casting couch. However, she did live to be 98, and, because of home video and TV channels like TCM, whole new generations got to rediscover her and write her fan mail, which Anita answered.

Here's a link to an essay I wrote on Our Dancing Daughters way back from laserdisc days. (The Warner Archive DVD is from the same print.)
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Re: Anita Page and Our Dancing Daughters

Postby charliechaplinfan » April 22nd, 2012, 2:37 pm

Has anyone else seen Anita in Night Court also known as Justice for Sale? She's trememdous.

Turning the premise on it's head, if Anita was the victim of not using the casting couch, how many of our lovely ladies did succumb? There was always be wild conjecture on this I suppose.
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