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Stella and Victor meet in Europe, fall deeply in love, and marry soon thereafter. Then they sail back to the States to meet Victor's family, and the honeymoon is over: Victor's family, dominated by his manipulative mother, find Stella -- a free spirit -- pretentious and aloof. Their marriage starts to fall apart when Victor begins siding with his family instead of his wife. Written by
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[Victor has left the house against his mother's wishes]
Victor! Come back here!
Don't bother to faint, Mom, he can't see you.
[suddenly alert, and very irritated]
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Superb cast helps to offset the corny melodrama...
Well-acted soaper about a young married couple who are nearly torn apart by the husband's vulgar, meddlesome family. Terrific cast, including Helen Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Henry Travers, and the glorious Margaret Hamilton, do a fine service to Rose Franken's play, adapted by no less a script-whiz than Herman J. Mankiewicz (with uncredited help from yet another auteur, Donald Ogden Stewart). The comedic throw-away bits work best, however the lapses into knuckle-biting melodrama are dated and detract overall. Still, the film's initial half-hour is quite strong, and Hamilton is a hoot as Montgomery's spinster sister. ** from ****
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