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Working Women in Our Blushing Brides (1930)

by Karen Beavers

Our Blushing Brides (1930) is one of Joan Crawford’s shopgirl films. The Pre-Code melodrama is mostly clear eyed about the economic deprivation, discrimination and sexual harassment women put up with, though it ends “happily” with the working class woman marrying the wealthy playboy, department store heir (Robert Montgomery) whose courtship style looks a lot like harassment. Louise Beavers plays Amelia, a dressing room attendant. She spends a lot of time on the periphery of the frame, but gets a few lines and two minutes of screen time, but no screen credit. She is one of two non-white women we see in the film (another uncredited black actress plays maid.) The scenes demonstrate that the film recognizes non-white workers exist at the same time that it is uninterested in their stories or point of view.

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These clips from Our Blushing Brides (1930) demonstrate how 1930s melodramas took the travails of white working women seriously.

from Our Blushing Brides (1930)
Creator: Harry Beaumont
Distributor: Warner Archive
Posted by Karen Beavers
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