Middle-aged Napa Valley grape-grower Tony posts a marriage proposal to San Francisco waitress Lena enclosing a photo of his handsome younger brother Buck. When she gets there she overlooks ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America, and he's also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (... See full summary »
Fine Frederick performance in sacrificial tear-jerker
Clarence Brown's deft directorial touches save this weeper from the travesty it might have been under less skilled direction. Pauline Frederick, now forgotten, was a great silent diva and a very talented, restrained actress. Physically, one is reminded of a cross between Bette Davis and Clara Kimball Young as far as her technique is concerned. She is quite solidly at the center of the film and gives quite a fine performance (worthy of award consideration). She goes from a mannish businesswoman to a touching and vulnerable woman, finding a young love in middle age, then realizing she has lost him to her younger sister. Knowing the two of them intend never to act on their feelings out of loyalty to her, she manipulates the situation to give her young man back his freedom.
It's a nice film and very worthy your seeking out for Frederick's performance alone.
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