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Romance and heartbreak walk hand-in-hand when Philip Chagal accidentally meets Helen Lawrence in a restaurant where she is a waitress. Unhappily married to a woman who suffers from mental illness, he is attracted to her and they make a date to go sailing, arriving at Philip's country home just as a storm is breaking. Helen learns who he is for the first time, a celebrated-and-famous concert pianist and, falling in love with him, decides to leave before matters go further. A hurricane hits and their car is crippled by a falling tree. Rising water forces then to seek shelter in the choir loft of a church, where they spend the night. They are rescued in the morning and Helen meets Philip's wife, and learns their story. Helen and Philip meet once more, and Philip sails to Europe with his wife but promises to come back some day. Written by
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After the movie came out, author James M. Cain sued Universal Pictures and director John M. Stahl for copyright violation. Although the movie was based on Cain's novel, "A Modern Cinderella," Cain claimed the filmmakers had stolen the scene where the two lovers take refuge in a church during a storm from his 1937 novel, "Serenade." Screenwriter Dwight Taylor admitted he'd taken the concept of the church scene from "Serenade," but had written an entirely new scene for the movie. The judge in the case ruled against Cain, saying there were significant differences between the book and movie scenes. The case established the legal principle of "scènes à faire" ("scenes to be written"), which states that certain concepts, settings, and devices (i.e. spy gadgets in spy novels) appear in multiple works of fiction and are therefore not subject to copyright laws. Today, the concept of "scènes à faire" is often used in software copyright cases, where certain types of programs, files, and variables appear in all software packages and cannot be copyrighted. See more »
This is not one of Stahl's best works.The movie lacks a center of gravity. Melodrama interferes with social topics(unions,strikes,meetings)and even a deluge,complete with a night in a temple.Besides,the Madeleine character appears too late and is hardly credible.She suffers from mental illness since she lost her child.And the unfortunate heroine tells her so:"you win because you're helpless". Charles Boyer plays the usual Latin lover,and Irene Dunne,the impossible love ,as she did in Fannie Hurst's famous tear-jerker. The ending is ambiguous:in his 1957 remake,the by now usual Sirk remake has ,it seems -I haven't seen it yet- ,a more definitive conclusion. All in all,watchable,because of the cast ,but ,not a great Stahl.
NB:I saw Sirk's remake yesterday (7/12/09).Stick with Stahl.
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