Laura Nash is an ex-con who is befriended by Polakai, a waiter who is also a wrestler. Even though Polakai is kind to her, she pines for Nick, her old partner in crime. When she gets Nick out of jail, she tells him that she is pregnant and he leaves for America. Laura then marries Polakai, who adores her, and he becomes the wrestling champion of Germany. Laura makes Polakai move to America where she finds Nick and he becomes his manager. Polakai wants to wrestle fairly, but Nick and Joe are both crooked and are only in it for the money. Polakai does not know that Laura still desires Nick. Written by
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wallace Beery gives an uncomfortably self-conscious performance as a simple-minded German wrestler with a good heart who falls in love with cynical Karen Motley, a self-described gypsy (cue: uh oh! what's she running away from?). Director John Ford doesn't give the proceedings any frills, but leaving this stage so bare doesn't do the audience any favors. Motley is an amusing tough cookie, but she and Beery struggle to play off each other convincingly. The pacing is slow and flaccid, the story predictable, which is too bad since it begins quite promisingly. Falls apart soon after, becoming a standard soap opera.
*1/2 from ****
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