The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her ...
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Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.
The only person that Vanessa wants to marry is Benjamin and they are finally engaged. When a fire sweeps through her fathers house, Benjie is able to save Vanessa, but he cannot save her already dead father. Since Vanessa blames him in her fathers death, they separate and Benjie marries Marion, the barmaid. After realizing that she was mistaken, Vanessa finds that he is married and she then reluctantly accepts the proposal of Ellis. However, Ellis is slowly going insane and Vanessa is not told. With her married life becoming intolerable, she tries to leave Ellis, but she cannot divorce him as long as he is insane. Written by
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"Vanessa, Her Love Story" is a bad film and I can understand why Helen Hayes took a break from movies after making this one. Despite a lush look and wonderful cast, the script is simply a mess...seldom making sense and offering little of interest.
The film begins at the Harries family matriarch's 100th birthday. This is odd, as through the course of most of the film the old lady thrives and she must be nearly 110 by the end of the movie...perhaps even older!! At the celebration you meet the main characters--Benjamin (Robert Montgomery), Vanessa (Hayes) and Ellis (Otto Kruger). Benjamin is a bit of a wild guy and although he wants to marry Vanessa, he wants to sow a few more wild oats and they agree to marry....later. However, just before their wedding, Vanessa's father has a heart attack and accidentally sets the house ablaze. Benjamin arrives to save her but it's too late for the father. Inexplicably, Vanessa blames Benjamin for the fire and tells him she never wants to see him again. All of this is 100% illogical.
Benjamin leaves and soon marries a woman who is unfaithful. He then joins the army and loses an arm. When he returns, he finds Vanessa has married Ellis...a hopelessly paranoid and insane guy whose family hid this from Vanessa. She is miserable, Benjamin is miserable and Ellis constantly assumes his wife is cheating on him and plots to kill her. What happens from here on, see the movie....but I wouldn't bother. The bottom line is that the film looks nice but the plot is hopelessly convoluted and bizarre...and quite syrupy sweet to the point of annoyance.
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