~Dancing Mothers~
1926
Directed by: Herbert Brenon

Written by: Forrest Halsey        

Based on the play by Edmund Goulding and Edgar Selwyn.
~Cast~

Alice Joyce ... Ethel Westcourt
Norman Trevor ... Hugh Westcourt
Clara Bow ... Kittens Westcourt
Conway Tearle ... Jerry Naughton
Eleanor Lawson ... Irma
Dorothy Cumming ... Mrs. Mazzarene
Donald Keith ... Kenneth Cobb
Leila Hyams ... Birdie Courtney
Spencer Charters ... Butter and Egg Man
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: Harry Brenon
Associate Producer: William LeBaron
Cinematography by: J. Roy Hunt
Art Direction by: Julian Boone Fleming
Costume Design by: Lucile (gowns)

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 66 Minutes
Released: March 1, 1926
~Plot Synopsis~
Believe it or not, Betty Bronson, who starred in the title role of Peter Pan, was the first choice to play
jazz baby Kittens Westcourt, the part which eventually went to Clara Bow. Kittens was the second
lead, but Bow turned her into a sympathetic character and stole the show from the film's star, Alice
Joyce. This society drama, based on the Broadway hit by Edgar Selwyn, probably wouldn't have been
much without Bow and Joyce, but they raised it above soap opera level and helped make it one of the
defining films of the 1920s. Ethel Westcourt (Joyce) is a very nice, still-lovely society matron whose
womanizing husband, Hugh (Norman Trevor), is keeping a mistress, Irma (Elsie Lawson). Ethel's
daughter, Kittens (Bow), takes after her father and begins carrying on with Jerry Naughton (Conway
Tearle), a man about town. Ethel finds out about all this and decides to fight fire with fire. She
becomes a bit jazzy herself and steals Naughton away from her daughter. The family has an emotional
confrontation in Naughton's apartments. Although Hugh and Kittens eventually decide to reconcile
with Ethel, she takes off for Europe and leaves them behind -- quite an independent way for a female
character to end a film in 1926.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
~Publicity still of Clara Bow for DANCING
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~Publicity still of Alice Joyce for DANCING
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~905-1: Alice Joyce in DANCING MOTHERS 1926~
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~905-98: Clara Bow and Conway Tearle in
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