|Directed by||Herbert Brenon|
|Produced by|| Adolph Zukor |
|Written by||Forrest Halsey (scenario)|
|Based on||Dancing Mothers (play)|
by Edgar Selwyn
and Edmund Goulding
|Starring|| Alice Joyce |
|Cinematography||J. Roy Hunt|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|65 minutes (8 reels)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
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.
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