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Women Won't Tell (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 1 January 1933 (USA)
A homeless woman living at the city dump hears of the death of a wealthy industrialist and puts in a claim on his estate for her daughter, who is actually the rightful heir.

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A homeless woman living at the city dump hears of the death of a wealthy industrialist and puts in a claim on his estate for her daughter, who is actually the rightful heir.

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As creaky as the old miser is cranky.
22 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Playing like a silent film with dialog, this is the epitome of what early 30's movies were striving to get away from with violations of the 1930 code that wasn't being adhered to. The prologue deals with a miserly old factory owner who has refused to acknowledge the young heroine as his daughter, accusing junk yard dealer Sarah Padden of trapping him. She's Marie Dressler without the story, a Tugboat Annie of the dumps, with a Mary Pickford like daughter who has remained refined even growing up around the smells of sewage and rotting food. Padden tries her best, but the script is against her, revealing her daughter's parentage to an aggressive female reporter as if she was revealing the end of a book. The only interesting plot devise is the revelation that Padden had her baby out of wedlock, pretty shocking stuff for the early 30's, yet unbelievable because her lover was downright awful. Mae Busch totally over acts as the pesky reporter who tries to seem well meaning but is truly obnoxious.

The outlandish plot line just gets more ridiculous as April (Gloria Shea) becomes a female tennis star, and the subject of much attention by a slew of admirers, and Padden takes over the running of the factory, going from duchess of the dumps to queen of local society. As April finds love, she admits her past to his family (mother played by Jane Darwell), and badly directed and written changes in attitudes just don't ring true. It is obvious that this screenplay was pasted together by a ton of silent mother love melodramas, the more ridiculous the easier chosen, and a last minute shocking revelation that just hits the nadir of absurdity. Stella Dallas and Madame X may have the Danny Hurst mentality, but they are the unabridged dictionary in comparison to this evidence of the writer's state of confusion. By the time this wrapped up, I found myself exhausted from rolling my eyes in disgust.


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