French country girl Madelon falls for artist Larry, who leaves her after she becomes pregnant. She finds help from jewel thief Carlo, but he commits suicide when the police try to arrest him. Madelon is arrested and receives a ten year term in prison for assisting him in his profession. To support her son, who does not know that she's been in prison, she becomes a street walker, allowing him to attend medical school. Written by
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According to 'When the Lion Roars,' Irving Thalberg and his producers were previewing films one night and he asked to see this one. Told it was hopeless, he asked to put it on anyway. After watching it, he remarked that it wasn't bad; the main thing to do was change the last seven minutes. Re-takes were done and Helen Hayes went on to win the Oscar for the part. See more »
Sit here my dear. Oh wait, I want to get this cushion... it brings out all the blue that's sleeping in your eyes.
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I don't why but I always associated Helen Hayes as some matronly sweet grandmother type lady. Well, as a young women, she apparent was no lady, at least with her showing in this movie. I guess it was "ahead of it's time" in its morals. The film might be 1931 but it's about a woman and a guy who run off the Paris, never marry, but have a child. He returns home before the child is even born and leaves her. She then becomes the mistress of a wealthy cook, then is sent out in the streets again.
This is real soap opera stuff, through and through, and a bit seedy at that. It must have been pretty shocking the audiences when it was released.
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