Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.
On New Year's Eve, Geraldine ('Jerry') Trent decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward, having finally grown tired of his dishonesty and his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake. Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is content as long as he never finds out who it was. All seems well until her sister Joan returns from a trip, and happily introduces Woodward as the new man in her life. Written by
Wharton plot rip off- pretty dull stuff, although Swanson marvelous
No matter what drek they put Swanson into in the talkie era (eleven films and all mediocre except for SUNSET BOULEVARD and TONIGHT OR NEVER) she tackles the material as a true professional, thoroughly believable and believing IN the roles she is asked to portray. This is a plot ripoff of Edith Wharton's exceptional novel, THE MOTHER'S RECOMPENSE, but it's played for laughs rather than tears. A mother with a past tries to prevent her daughter from unknowingly marrying the heel she recently dumped while trying to prevent her current amour from learning that she has a past. For a novelist, Lyon's character is written rather naively, expecting a woman such as Swanson to be virgin pure, so he never really rings true. Swanson is marvelous, again showing her expert comic timing, especially in a dinner scene where she feigns madness with razor sharp delivery and mood swings, and emoting properly in the few dramatic scenes. She even sings two songs (yes, that's her real voice - she could do anything), although they are far from memorable. She was a powerhouse talent - she was a great comedienne, a great dramatic actress, a singer - and Hollywood didn't know what to do with her after sound arrived. A shame!
The McCarey direction is slow and sluggish, nothing like his later sophistication and warmth. A curio at best and only for Swanson fans.
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