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Cary Grant is much too handsome,too aristocratic ,to play the part of this prodigal son and it is one of his more painful part.A loser he just cannot be.Ethel Barrymore ,on the other hand ,saves the movie ,with a balanced portrayal of a woman who ,in a way,as sonny says,exploits the others' poverty;and the most touching scene might be that of the cage ,when Grant gives the bird back to the woman in tears . Directing is static,trying to create an English atmosphere with fish and ships and pounds;but didn't they forget that cars run on the left in Albion ?(see the car chase) .Sometimes the music rises and we feel something important is about to happen :but nothing essential occurs.
All the elements of melodrama are present :a bad son,who will redeem his soul,a fatal disease,bad influences , a divorced girl with a little child,and even an imprisoned mom, but the mixture lacks consistency and even the final is not convincing ,being particularly gloomy.the hero's middle name is "Verdun" ,the French town where his father fights in WW1
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