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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
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It would seem that the "woman sacrifices everything for her children" storyline was rather popular back in the 1930's. This is yet another one out of that pipeline and it's a competent effort with fluid direction from a veteran of silents, Charles Brabin (he puts together a couple of striking montages and seems to handle actors well). Interestingly, it was his last film. I had never EVER heard of Mady Christians going in but she certainly comes across as an especially passionate and forceful actress. She over-does it a bit at times but no one will ever accuse her of lacking conviction. Film is also noteworthy in featuring a relatively young Charles Bickford (he was in his early 40's) in a romantic role. He seems a tad uncomfortable when required to swoon, so he says his lines as quickly as possible in an effort to get it over with. Guess he was just born crusty.
The real tragedy here is the pairing of beautiful young Betty Furness with that cartoon-voiced scarecrow Sterling Holloway. If Christians' plight doesn't put a lump in your throat, Holloway's charmless, bewilderingly successful pursuit of Furness definitely will.
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