John Shadwell, a promising politician, is married to Laura but is in love with Vergie Winters, a milliner from his home town. As Shadwell's political career blooms, gossip and rumors begin ... See full summary »
John Shadwell, a promising politician, is married to Laura but is in love with Vergie Winters, a milliner from his home town. As Shadwell's political career blooms, gossip and rumors begin to cause Vergie to be shunned by the women of the town. Soon the two are constantly faced with the threat of exposure and scandal. Written by
Little remembered great actress Ann Harding, who was also a first magnitude star during a short period with the advent of the talkies, stars in this tearjerker supreme, as noble, good-natured, unselfish, brave, courageous Vergie Winters, who defies small-town gossip, carrying on with an illicit relationship, with now-married ex-sweetheart John Shadwell, played adequately by John Boles, who's better than usual in this role.
Harding's very good and sincere acting makes believable her self sacrifice because of the bigger-than-life love which she feels for both, Shadwell and their illegitimate daughter, Joan.
Helen Vinson is very, very good as Bole's selfish, mean, superficial and ambition-driven (just the very opposite of Vergie) wife, Laura- the face of this now forgotten actress reminds me greatly of Helen Hayes'. Josephine Whittwell is also very good as sympathetic Madame Claire, who in the film is implied to be sort of the owner or `madam' of the local `bordello', who's also friendly to Harding and helps to save her small hat store (she's the local milliner) from bankruptcy. Cecil Cunnigham and Maidel Turner shine too as two local fellow professional gossipers.
Mick La Salle, in his book `Complicated Women' states that this film was released the week before the Production Code was finally fully enforced. A must see for fans of classic pre-code weepies.
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