An unwed mother, forced to give up her child to avoid scandal, follows her son's life from afar even as she prospers in business.

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Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris (as Olivia De Havilland)
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Roland Culver ...
Phillip Terry ...
Alex Piersen
Bill Goodwin ...
Mac Tilton
Virginia Welles ...
Liz Lorimer
Victoria Horne ...
Nurse Daisy Gingras
Griff Barnett ...
Daniel Norris
Alma Macrorie ...
Belle Ingram
Billy Ward ...
Gregory - Younger (as Bill Ward)
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Willard Robertson ...
Dr. Hunt
Arthur Loft ...
Bernadock Clinton
Virginia Farmer ...
Mrs. Cora Clinton
Doris Lloyd ...
Miss Pringle
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During World War I, small-town girl Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son by an itinerant pilot. After a scheme to adopt him ends up giving him to another family, she devotes her life to loving him from afar. Written by Mark Foltz <foltz@triton.wustl.edu>

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This was Olivia de Havilland's first film role in three years. She was suspended by Warner Brothers when she filed suit against the studio on August 23, 1943, and was officially fired by the studio after she won her suit by unanimous decision on December 8, 1944. Because of this lawsuit and her reputation as a perfectionist, de Haviland was labeled "difficult" in show business, temporarily making her an undesirable choice for many producers. See more »

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A fine drama of devotion and a mother's love
19 November 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What a gentle, tender story! This is a Romance 'par excellence' handled with maturity, insight, and simply told in flashbacks which take us back to earlier years, into the realities of life for a young woman who loses her true love during wartime (WW1) then finds herself unmarried and bringing a child into the world whom she must give up afterwards due to a twist in circumstances. It's a truly wonderful role for Olivia de Havilland, as Jodie Norris, and I can't think of anyone else who could play it so convincingly.

Roland Culver, in his supporting role as Lord Desham, provides a substantial backup for the elderly 'Jodie' who meets him rather abrasively during WW2 days but later relates to him the personal tragedy in her youth. He has the presence of mind and determination to see that old wrongs are set aright -- all of which leads to one of the most beautiful endings to a film anyone could wish for.

It's a film that poignantly reflects the war years when so many lives were uprooted, hopes dashed, yet carried on with courage. I wish they made more films like this one, it's a gem.


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