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In 1934, when Warner Bros. lost over $2.5 million, of which $500,000 was the result of a fire at the Burbank studio in December 1934, destroying 20 years worth of early Vitagraph, and some early Warner Bros., First National films. See more »
This movie is an early outing by Jack Conway, before he directed such movies as "Brown of Harvard", "The Smart Set", or "Our Modern Maidens". The movie begins with an illustration of Lucretia Lombard's life--a woman (Irene Rich) married to a cockeyed, disabled old man (Marc McDermott). Her only satisfaction is to be seen in public with the foolhardy young son of Reverend Winship (Alec B. Francis), Fred (John Roche). Next we are introduced to the glamorous, elfin ward of the reverend, Mimi, played by a hypnotic, young Norma Shearer. The elder son Steve (Monte Blue), is the apple of Norma Shearer's eye. After a night of partying with Fred, Mrs. Lombard returns home too worn-out to notice her husband has switched the cover of his sleeping pills with that of some aspirin. As a consequence, Mrs. Lombard gives her husband a lethal dose of opiates, so out of despair she calls Fred. Fred asks Steve, in the midst of being wooed by Mimi, for help. Fortunately Steve is the district attorney and arrives in time to prevent Lucretia from incriminating herself to the authorities. However, this chance encounter sparks an undying flame of love in Steve for Mrs. Lombard, that only grows stronger as time goes by. Through some implausible plot twists it becomes clear to Mimi that her man is a louse. I can't tell you what happens next, as that is the slam-bang end of the movie. What I can tell you is that if I were in Monte Blue's shoes I would have not picked Irene Rich over Norma Shearer (who made the movie a watchable 6.0 for me)!
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