Dancing Mothers

Dancing Mothers
Dancing Mothers

Clara Bow and Conway Tearle
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written by Edgar Selwyn (play)
Edmund Goulding (play)
Forrest Halsey (scenario)
Starring Alice Joyce
Conway Tearle
Clara Bow
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 1, 1926
Running time 8 reels ; (7,169 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent film (English intertitles)

Dancing Mothers is a 1926 silent drama film, produced by Paramount Pictures, shot on Long Island, New York, in late 1925. It was directed by Herbert Brenon, starred Alice Joyce, Conway Tearle and Clara Bow. It went on distribution on March 1, 1926. It survives on 16mm.



Dancing Mothers is a tale of a pretty mother, who was almost cheated out of life by a heartless husband and a thoughtless daughter.[1]


  • "A splendid picture containing mother appeal, flapper appeal and well balanced with comedy and a climax that's different, since 'they don't live happy ever after'".[2]
  • "...it is an effective drama, well acted and Clara Bow is a real little modern."[3]
  • "It is a picture that strikes home to the adult mind and is a tremendous indictment to every age."[4]


Production notes

Dancing Mothers was a successful Broadway stage play by Edgar Selwyn and Edmund Goulding and Paramount reportedly bought the film rights for $45,000.[5] The shooting begun in November 1925 with the Peter Pan-star; Betty Bronson as "Kittens", but due to professional shortcomings she was replaced with Clara Bow.[5] [6] [7]


  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.
  5. ^ a b Stenn, David (1988). Clara Bow:Runnin' Wild. Doubleday. p. 56. ISBN 0385241259. 
  6. ^ Dancing Mothers at silentera.com
  7. ^ Dancing Mothers as presented on Broadway ; beginning August 11, 1924

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