Young Joan Crawford shows her good side (1927-1933)

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1928 Spanish-style Joan Crawford

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Young Joan Crawford no longer just a dancing girl

Cinema astrologers say that this star is in the ascendant. Not too long ago, Joan Crawford was merely a dancing girl with ornamental legs. Recent pictures prove that she is acquiring a vivid and distinctive quality in her acting.

1927 Joan Crawford


Flapper Joan Crawford in 1928

In 1928, the young actress Joan Crawford was just 23 years old, and on the verge of making her first “talkie” film, Untamed (from 1929).

“Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal, with wide, hurt eyes. Young things with a talent for living.” – F Scott Fitzgerald

Joan Crawford in 1928

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1928 Joan Crawford


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Joan – Hollywood’s best photographic subject

Joan Crawford goes more Spanish than the Spaniards themselves. Joan is Hollywood’s best photographic subject. Not only has she an almost perfect figure — as discovered by PHOTOPLAY — but she has a camera-proof face. Joan is now tied with Clara Bow as being the most engaged person in the film colony. It’s a penalty these young girls pay for being interesting, vivid and popular.

1928 Spanish-style Joan Crawford

Crawford in 1933

No, Joan hasn’t gone back to taking life and herself so seriously as she used to. Her European vacation gave her a shining new outlook, as we told you last month. Photographer Hurrell varied his formula this time and instead of “Look pleasant, Miss Crawford,” he said, “Look dramatic, look brooding, look interesting!” And doesn’t she?

Joan Crawford in 1933

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