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Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved with dissipated Tony and when their car rolls over is saved by Harvard footballer Bob. When Bob brings his parents to meet her, Tony comes in drunk and Valentine's mother is revealed to have been for five years the mistress of wealthy Andre. Bob's parents leaves in disgust, but love conquers all. Written by
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Diane Winters (Pauline Frederick) opens a letter to learn that her nineteen year old daughter is coming to live with her. Valentine (Joan Crawford) arrives timidly but quickly learns to love her mother. She does not know, however, that her mother is a kept woman living a lavish lifestyle thanks to a wealthy benefactor. Rich people flock to the home including Tony Girard (Monroe Owsley), a lovesick drunk who befriend Valentine. She also meets the respectable Bob Blake Jr. (Neil Hamilton) who she hopes to wed, until she realizes that their families clash.
This is a good early talkie because it doesn't suffer from being a film for the sake of being a film. It has an actual story which is performed well by the cast. It is a bit short and not emotional enough to be considered a great film, but if you're a fan of early Crawford films like I am, you'll enjoy yourself.
Speaking of Crawford, it is a bit ironic that her character is so moral here. The drunk driving accident brings up the hit-and-run trouble she had in her own life and her stance against her mother's lifestyle is in stark contrast to her true beliefs.
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