Dancing Mothers (1926)

Drama | 8 March 1926

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writer:

Forrest Halsey

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Production Designer:

Julian Boone Fleming

Production Company:

Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
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HISTORY

The 22 Oct 1925 FD announced Dancing Mothers as a forthcoming Paramount Pictures Corp. release. The picture was based on the 1924 play of the same name by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding. Herbert Brenon was named as director, and Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, and Betty Bronson were set to star. The 25 Oct 1925 FD added William Collier, Jr. to the cast, and noted that filming would take place at Paramount’s east coast studios in Long Island City, NY.
       Although the 8 Nov 1925 FD reported a 16 Nov 1925 production start date, the 15 Nov 1925 issue stated that filming would begin on 19 Nov 1925. Shortly after the start of principal photography, production was briefly postponed due to cast changes, as indicated in the 28 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World. Clara Bow was hired to replace Betty Bronson, and Donald Keith took over the role to be played by William Collier, Jr. Production soon resumed, and the 6 Dec 1925 FD announced that filming was in its second week. Fay Marbe and her brother Gilbert Marbe were “engaged for a dance number” in the picture.
       On 18 Dec 1925, FD indicated that filming had recently finished. The 20 Dec 1925 issue announced an anticipated 8 Mar 1926 release date.
       Dancing Mothers opened in New York City at the Rivoli Theatre on 14 Feb 1926, according to the 17 Feb 1926 Var review. The picture was deemed “well-produced” and “beautifully played,” but with an anti-climactic ending. Programs at the theater reportedly contained a poll for patrons, put forth by ... More Less

The 22 Oct 1925 FD announced Dancing Mothers as a forthcoming Paramount Pictures Corp. release. The picture was based on the 1924 play of the same name by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding. Herbert Brenon was named as director, and Conway Tearle, Alice Joyce, and Betty Bronson were set to star. The 25 Oct 1925 FD added William Collier, Jr. to the cast, and noted that filming would take place at Paramount’s east coast studios in Long Island City, NY.
       Although the 8 Nov 1925 FD reported a 16 Nov 1925 production start date, the 15 Nov 1925 issue stated that filming would begin on 19 Nov 1925. Shortly after the start of principal photography, production was briefly postponed due to cast changes, as indicated in the 28 Nov 1925 Moving Picture World. Clara Bow was hired to replace Betty Bronson, and Donald Keith took over the role to be played by William Collier, Jr. Production soon resumed, and the 6 Dec 1925 FD announced that filming was in its second week. Fay Marbe and her brother Gilbert Marbe were “engaged for a dance number” in the picture.
       On 18 Dec 1925, FD indicated that filming had recently finished. The 20 Dec 1925 issue announced an anticipated 8 Mar 1926 release date.
       Dancing Mothers opened in New York City at the Rivoli Theatre on 14 Feb 1926, according to the 17 Feb 1926 Var review. The picture was deemed “well-produced” and “beautifully played,” but with an anti-climactic ending. Programs at the theater reportedly contained a poll for patrons, put forth by the filmmakers, to vote on which ending they would prefer. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Oct 1925
p. 4.
Film Daily
25 Oct 1925
p. 16.
Film Daily
27 Oct 1925
p. 5.
Film Daily
8 Nov 1925
p. 11.
Film Daily
15 Nov 1925
p. 2, 10.
Film Daily
22 Nov 1925
p. 15.
Film Daily
6 Dec 1925
p. 6.
Film Daily
18 Dec 1925
p. 4.
Film Daily
20 Dec 1925
p. 9.
Film Daily
8 Feb 1926
p. 2.
Film Daily
10 Feb 1926
p. 11.
Film Daily
28 Feb 1926
p. 185.
Life
8 Apr 1926
p. 32.
Moving Picture World
28 Nov 1925
p. 335.
New York Times
18 Feb 1926
p. 21.
Photoplay
26 Apr 1926
p. 54.
Variety
18 Nov 1925
p. 29.
Variety
17 Feb 1926
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Dancing Mothers by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding (New York, 11 Aug 1924).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 March 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 February 1926
Production Date:
November--December 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 March 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22441
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,169
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ethel Westcourt discovers that her husband is having an affair with another woman and that her daughter, Kittens, is seeing too much of Jerry Naughton. In an effort to break up the relationship between Naughton and Kittens, Ethel goes to see Naughton at his apartment and falls in love with him. Her husband discovers Ethel's new love and begs her to return to him. Ethel refuses and takes a boat to Paris, France, intending to start a new life ... +


Ethel Westcourt discovers that her husband is having an affair with another woman and that her daughter, Kittens, is seeing too much of Jerry Naughton. In an effort to break up the relationship between Naughton and Kittens, Ethel goes to see Naughton at his apartment and falls in love with him. Her husband discovers Ethel's new love and begs her to return to him. Ethel refuses and takes a boat to Paris, France, intending to start a new life there. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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