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Naomi is almost to term with her fourth child when Ed decides to leave taking all their money and the oldest son Curtis. With the sheriff after him, he is in no mood to think of his family. When he struggles with Naomi, he is killed. Naomi dumps his body out in the swamp and keeps tells no one. She then moves to town and finds works. When the sheriff comes lookin' for Ed, she moves to Waldo and changes her last name. She starts sewing at home and eventually has her own shop called 'Naomi's'. She is tough on the kids, but loving, to make them strong as she promises herself that she will one day go back and stand trial for what happened to Ed. When the kids are of age, and all have good jobs, she finds that she has fallen in love with a newspaperman named Naylor. Circumstances then conspire to make her take that train ride back. Written by
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A Little Too Much Self Sacrifice To Be Believable...
While watching this film I kept trying to place Actress MADY CHRISTIANS. Then in a flash I remembered, ALL MY SONS (1948) with BURT LANCASTER, EDWARD G. ROBINSON, HOWARD DUFF, HARRY MORGAN, etc. Ms. CHRISTIANS spent most of her career making films in Europe or appearing on the Stage, so is not well remembered here (U.S.A.), but once she spoke I recognized her.
A WICKED WOMEN (1934) is the struggle of a Woman raising her four (4) Children after killing her 'Criminal' Husband in self defense. Disposing of the body, she moves her family from the prying eyes of her former community. Raising them and herself too Middle-Class respectability and finding love again. Of course being a 'code' film she has to be called out too justify her crime. How they found his remains and any evidence that would hold up after all those years strains credibility. After all we are not talking about DNA and 21st Century technology. In those days though you had to tidy everything up before the happy ending, which this films does.
This is a melodrama typical of the period. Most of the acting is credibly done and the 'middle-aged' romance between Naomi Trice/Stroud (CHRISTIANS) and Pat Naylor (CHARLE BICKFORD) is believable. The supporting Actors do their parts well also. A young ROBERT TAYLOR in only his fourth role is presented in a early romantic lead. Something he would do for practically his entire career. Like most 'production films' made by the 'factory system' it is well made and worth watching. M.G.M. had a knack for making these 'B' level melodrama's.
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