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Robert Z. Leonard
Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost. Written by
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A marvelous film in the genre of Miss Dove, Mr. Chips and every wonderful teacher you ever had.
The role was just perfect for Claudette Colbert. She really worked magic with co-star John Payne.
This picture really offers Americana circa 1916 in Indiana. The embodiment of the school structure at that time is so well done. The obedient student, the prim and proper schoolteachers who dedicated their lives to teaching and nothing else.
Nora Trinell (Colbert) is a dedicated, wonderful teacher but she goes against what society thought of as a role for teachers when she finds love with Payne.
The "crisis" that leads to his dismissal and his ultimate redemption on the part of the principal is beautifully done here.
For me, the picture was so good because Trinell reminded me of my grade 5 teacher who inspired me in the field of social sciences.
Colbert, as the teacher who found love and tragically lost it, has one of her best film roles here. A caring person to her students, especially Dewey, she certainly tells the truth when she says that each year a teacher finds a student who she can really love as her own. Those words will forever stay with me.
As the typical spinster teacher, Anne Revere, was wonderful. Prone to be a gossip, she embodied what society thought was the role of a teacher in this period.
The ending will tug at your heart. Nostalgic and so wonderfully realized.
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