The thoughts that people think are never the same as the words they speak - and in this movie, we can hear the thoughts. Gordon Shaw was a flyer who was shot down and killed during WWI. Nina would have married him before he left, but her father forbade the marriage. Charlie is a friend, but Nina does not love him and he is too timid- too shy - to tell her the way that he feels about her. Sam is her husband and her love disappears after the ceremony when she finds out that there is mental illness in his family and that there can be no children. To have the child she wants, but cannot have with Sam, she has a secret affair with Ned, who wants her to leave Sam. Gordon is the result of the affair, but he does not know Ned is his real father. Nina continues to play with the emotions of all three men and devote herself only to Gordon. Written by
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Starting with the bad story idea, it is amazing that this garbage was written by Eugene O'Neill, who is considered a great playwright. The idea of hearing the characters' unspoken thoughts is interesting for 5 minutes; then the gimmick becomes annoying. The story is not believable, and that sinks the performances of the cast. Ralph Morgan's performance comes off the worst; the director should have told him to tone down his facial expressions. All of the performances are laughable, since the characters never do seem real. Gable is not convincing here, and seems to be reading his lines in some scenes. Even Shearer can't do anything to make her character believable. In 1932, Photoplay magazine reviewed this as one of the best pictures of the month!
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