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Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever. Written by
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The role of Alan Trent was originally intended for Leslie Howard, who was having an affair with Merle Oberon at the time. When the affair ended, Howard dropped out of the production and Fredric March replaced him - much to the disgust of director Sidney Franklin, who thought Oberon wouldn't draw audiences without Howard as her co-star. See more »
Although the bulk of the story takes place during World War I, and the time immediately thereafter, all of the women's clothes and hairstyles, particularly those of Merle Oberon, Janet Beecher and Frieda Inescort are strictly in the 1935 mode. See more »
It's hard to imagine what Dorothy Parker had to do with this script. It is ultra serious, ultra "Important." All it lacks is Ann Harding.
Herbert Marshall, Fredric March, and Merle Oberon are childhood friends who grow up. Marshall grows into a very stiff-upper-lip type. March is too, to a degree. Of course, both are in love with Oberon.
For her debut in American movies, the beautiful Oberon is given a most unflattering hairstyle. It would have looked better on a shrub. Possibly on a dog. She turns in a creditable performance, though she was generally a wooden actress. Gorgeous looking but no fire.
March is interesting in the later scenes. (No hint from me as to what happens, but the plot also improved.) I don't mind women's pictures of this era but certain of them, this included, leave me cold. And this movie IS cold -- cold and clammy.
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