Our Blushing Brides (1930)

Film Review

OUR BLUSHING BRIDES

Release Date: 19 July, 1930

Studio: MGM

Director: Harry Beaumont

Starring: Joan Crawford, Anita Page, Dorothy Sebastian, Robert Montgomery, Raymond Hackett

Synopsis

Crawford, Page, and Sebastian work at the department store owned by the family of Montgomery and Hackett. The girls share a small apartment. They want to marry and have a better life than they have as shopgirls. Each of them is romanced by a rich man. Sebastian marries John Miljan. Hackett sets Page up in an apartment. Crawford, however, does not trust men and resists the advances of Montgomery. After the others leave, she moves into a cheaper tenement apartment. Disaster falls on the others. Miljan is a thief, and Sebastian is arrested as an accomplice. Innocent of involvement in his crimes, she leaves the city and returns to her family farm. Page believes that Hackett is going to marry her. After he becomes engaged to a society girl, Page takes poison. Crawford begs Hackett to come and comfort the dying girl. Montgomery and Hackett arrive in time for Hackett to sooth her as she dies. Montgomery realizes that he loves Crawford and asks her to marry him.

Discussion

This is the third of three Joan Crawford films about the life of the modern girl and her troubles with men. The films share the word Our in the title and female cast members Anita Page (in all three) and Dorothy Sebastian (in two). In the first two films, Our Dancing Daughters (1928) and Our Modern Maidens (1929), Crawford is a vivacious, party-going jazz baby. The social conditions faced by the women in the audience had changed as the jazz age gave way to the Depression. By the release of the third film, Crawford's character had become a poor and self-sufficient working girl. Whatever their social condition, the girls have tribulations with the men in their lives. These men are insincere and callously deceive the poor, affectionate girls. Crawford, cautious and cynical, is the only one who is not betrayed. Montgomery, unsuccessful at seduction, settles on a respectable marriage. The change in Montgomery's character is unbelievable, and the happy ending is tacked on, however Crawford's fans would have been discontented with an ending that had her separated from Montgomery.

The film's title is ironic. The three poor working girls have too gritty an existence and too many romantic misfortunes to ever become any man's naive and modest "blushing" bride.