Mary Bancroft (Elsie Ferguson), a brilliant defense lawyer who chose a profession over motherhood, is hired to defend Nora Mason (Marian Nixon), whom she has never met, on a murder charge. During the proceedings of the trail, Mary discovers that Nora is her own daughter that she had given up as a baby. Written by
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is a stagy and unconvincing melodrama about an unwed mother, a sleazy murder, and (of course) redemption. Elsie Ferguson isn't bad though as the lawyer who learns a terrible secret while defending a showgirl of murder. The rest of the cast, however IS pretty bad: Marian Nixon, Grant Withers, John Halliday, etc. go through their paces without much to offer. Ferguson had been a big silent star playing upper-crust ladies in "weepies." This film was an attempt to revive her career (after 5 years), but it was just too late. Her speaking voice is fine, but the new medium of "talkies" and the new Depression-era sensibility made it clear it was time for Elsie Ferguson to retire from the screen.
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