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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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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 »
When Captain Cosgrove shuts off the power to his biplane it continues to glide on a level path. Biplanes have very high drag because they have two wings and all the supports in between. The plane would have started to fall toward the ground, not continue on. The clouds in the background show a level path of travel. 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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