This film received its first telecast Sunday 17 March 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post-WWII West Coast television viewers got their first look at it in San Francisco Thursday 5 February 1953 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles WSednesday 1 April 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »
Keeping his kindness in spite of the ramifications.
Hospital clerk Christian Rub has a heart as big as Europe and finds that it keeps getting him into trouble as he continuously abandons his post to help the patients and visitors who need his aid. He's constantly being threatened with termination by supervisor Lucille Ward who obviously hides a huge heart as well underneath her corset of steel. When William Bakewell comes into the hospital carrying the injured Marian Marsh, Rub goes into overtime helping out these strangers who only encountered each other because a tipsy Bakewell had accidentally hit her with his car. From an almost tragic situation, love erupts, and Rub becomes involved in every aspect of their lives, even though she had been involved with the older and wealthy Owen Moore who is reluctant to give her up.
Bakewell, too, comes from a wealthy family, the son of the powerful Edmund Breese. His mother (Emma Dunn) and spoiled sister (Geneva Mitchell) are suspicious when Bakewell announces his engagement to Marsh, with Mitchell being particularly nasty. The big-hearted Rub continues to act as their guardian angel, especially after a nasty encounter between Bakewell, Moore and Marsh that leaves Marsh extremely despondent. Another termination threat, but you know that won't stop Rub from getting involved in the future.
This poverty row soap opera is engrossing with its sentimental old codger delightfully kind and a reminder that even in the worst of all situations, there are still angels around. Believable performances and some gorgeous sets make this appear to have been more expensive than it probably was. Bakewell has a rather harsh look for a romantic hero, his intensity though perfect for the confused young man who is obviously his family's blacksheep.
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