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1920-1929

Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

Directed by Harry Beaumont. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page. They were called jazz babies, "hot mamas" caught up in the '20s roar. They wore their hair bobbed and defied sexual convention and danced the Charleston and Black Bottom till dawn. This is their story told through the life of Diana Medford, an energetic flapper whose flirting and drinking masked her true feelings about love and sex. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Our Modern Maidens (1929)

Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Anita Page, Josephine Dunn. A roaring twenties film with flaming youth, gleaming roadsters, supple flappers, and tuxedo clad rakes. Billie is a careless heiress to a fortune and good friends with her naive summer guest, Kentucky. Billie's fiance doesn't notice Kentucky--at first. And when Billie meets a smoldering young diplomat, the callow joy boys that surround her suddenly seem stale. 75 min.

Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (Germany, 1928)

Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts; Daisy d'Ora, Gustav Diessl. Follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone with whom she comes in contact until she is finally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Adapted from the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Bueschse der Pandora" by Frank Wedekind.

Parisian Love (1925)

Directed by Elmer Clifton. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, James Gordon Russell, Hazel Keener, Lou Tellegen, Jean De Briac, Otto Matiesen, Alyce Mills. Marie, a dancer in a seedy district of Paris, attempts to seduce the wealthy man who stole her lover in an elaborate scheme of revenge. 73 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Clara Bow bibliography

Picadilly (UK, 1929)

Direced by E.A. Dupont. Cast: Anna Mae Wong, Jameson Thomas, Gilda Gray, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones. "Just before making his talkie directorial debut with Atlantic, director E.A. DuPont dashed off the silent "backstage" drama Piccadilly. By the time the film was released in 1929, talking pictures had taken a firm hold of the British film industry, obliging DuPont to reshoot much of the picture with dialogue.

Prudence (aka Jewish Prudence) (1927)

Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Max Davidson, Johnny Fox, Martha Sleeper, Jesse De Vorska, Gaston Glass (Prudence) Max is a father saddled with three grown children who will never amount to anything. His daughter is bone-idle. Max's older son is an incompetent schlemiehl whom Max pressures into taking a job as a lorry driver. The younger son is an idiot who wants to be a professional Charleston dancer. A handsome young lawyer, newly admitted to the bar, wants to marry Max's daughter, but Max refuses to consent until lawyer Gaston wins his first court case.

Reckless Rosie (1929)

Directed by Neal Burns. Cast: Billy Engle, Frances Lee. The story is about two rival lingerie manufacturers. One has invented a new negligee and entrusts it to pretty Francis Lee to take to the underwear show. However, on the way, the evil rivals pull out all the stops two get it." [IMDB] 11 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sadie Thompson (1928)

Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh, Charles Lane, Florence Midgley, James A. Marcus, Sophia Artega, Will Stanton. Arguably Swanson's finest performance of the silent era. A classic tale of Sadie, a loose woman who sails to Pago Pago to start a new life, only to fall under the influence of an unforgiving and overzealous preacher whose lust for her masquerades as a desire to save her soul. Unable to accept his sin, he cuts his throat and Sadie goes to Sydney with an admiring marine. Sadly, the final reel is currently lost. 97 min.

Scar of Shame (1927)

Directed by Frank Peregini. The Colored PlayersFilm Co. produced films during the 1920's, thegolden years of silent films. "The primeachievement of the Colored Players was this film,shot with a sure feeling for editing andcomposition the film compares with the bestHollywood product of its time. The film's storyexamines caste and class within the black communitytelling of a love affair between a music student ofgood social standing and the daughter of aworking-class drunkard.

Sex (1920)

Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Louise Glaum, William Conklin, Viola Barry, Myrtle Stedman, Irving Cummings. A cabaret star who uses her sex appeal to lure men, ruin marriages and then move on to better prospects, finds the tables turned when she gets married and her husband is seduced by another woman. Special features: "Photo gallery of un-clad and under-clad stars from the silent era and into the early 1930s, including Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Mest, and many more." 81 min.

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