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Olivia de Havilland,
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Olivia de Havilland,
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
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
A little bit "schmaltzy", but still it's a terrific film
This is the first film that Olivia DeHavilland received an Oscar for and you can sure see why. While the part did not call for the fullest range of emotions, she was able to crying and weep most convincingly and I really found myself sucked into the film by her. Olivia played a "Stella Dallas-like" self-sacrificing mother that tugs at your heart--doing anything she could for her little boy. At times, it was ALMOST too melodramatic and weepy, but the writers deftly skirted the edges and this resulted in a wonderful and engaging film that only the hardest-hearted people would avoid.
The story itself was pretty racy for 1946, as the main theme involved an illegitimate child borne by DeHavilland. The father was a WWI pilot and he was lost in combat, so it was up to DeHavilland to do what was best for the child--even if it meant letting go. Oddly, the part she played was perhaps too self-sacrificing, as she never really had much of a life--this made it a bit hard to believe, but this can be forgiven.
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