As the Great War breaks out, Ann Vickers, a serious, independent and forthright woman, falls for an officer who jilts her before she can tell him she's pregnant. After an abortion, she throws herself into social work, stirring things up at a woman's prison and writing a best-seller about the experience. Back in Manhattan, she runs a halfway house for paroled women and meets an equally free-thinking jurist, Barney Dolphin, who's estranged from his wife (she doesn't believe in divorce) and under investigation for corruption. Ann and he begin an affair and have a child just as he's indicted. Scandal ruins her career. Can they flaunt convention and find happiness? Written by
Sarah Padden, who is listed as a black woman, supposedly played her role in black-face, since she is not black. She was not seen in the film, but may have been the prisoner executed by hanging. She is seen in long shot and is not recognizable. 'Reginald Barlow' is barely recognizable as the Chaplain following her and reciting a prayer. J. Carrol Naish has a very brief scene lying in bed in an alcoholic stupor. He has no lines. It is a credit to their agents that these three all received on-screen credits. See more »
Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode. See more »
This is what a woman's film ought to be in this era, not just 70 years ago. The Ann Vickers character is a strong woman devoted to her career and to those who depend on her at the women's prison. She is not without her flaws as any hero or protagonist, but she overcomes so many obstacles and definitely has control over her life. What has happened to strong and complex female roles in modern motion pictures? This movie is well acted, well-written and has a tremendous message. I recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it, as I believe it is still not available on video. It ranks up there with Norma Shearer's character Jerry in "The Divorcee" as far as a well-developed complex strong female characters. We need more movies depicting our gender this way not just as sex objects but as sexual subjects, with career goals and sex drives. Watch this movie!
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