Dancing Mothers

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Dancing Mothers
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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written by Forrest Halsey (scenario)
Based onDancing Mothers (play)
by Edgar Selwyn
and Edmund Goulding
Starring Alice Joyce
Conway Tearle
Clara Bow
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • March 1, 1926 (1926-03-01)
Running time
65 minutes (8 reels)
CountryUnited States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
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Dancing Mothers is a 1926 American black and white silent drama film produced by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by Herbert Brenon, and stars Alice Joyce, Conway Tearle, and making her debut appearance for a Paramount Pictures film, Clara Bow. Dancing Mothers was released to the general public on March 1, 1926. The film survives on 16mm film stock and is currently kept at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.



The film tells the story of a pretty mother, who was almost cheated out of life by a heartless husband and a thoughtless daughter. [1]


Production notes

The film was adapted from a successful Broadway stage play by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding, and Paramount reportedly bought the rights for $45,000. On Broadway the principal parts had been played by Helen Hayes as the daughter, John Halliday as the father, and Mary Young as the mother. Shooting began at Paramount's Astoria Studio in November 1925, after actress Betty Bronson, the star of Peter Pan (1924), was cast for the role of Katherine "Kittens" Westcourt by the studio, but was rejected after director Herbert Brennon reported to studio executives that "when she tried to be sexy, she looked like a little girl who wanted to go to the bathroom." After production ended in December 1925, Brennon reported to Paramount's top officials that Clara was not only very talented as an actress, but that she took direction very well.


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  1. La Crosse Tribune and Leader, March 24, 1926
  2. Bruce Fowler, movie theater manager, to The Reel Journal , March 20, 1926.
  3. The Emporia Gazette, April 13, 1926.
  4. Lowell Sun, March 27, 1926.