A small-town Vermont girl wins a beauty contest and is quickly "discovered" by a movie studio. They change her name, publicize her as the daughter of a rich gentleman farmer, and groom her for stardom. She hits it big and is seems a sure bet to win an Academy Award. When her rustic father, a justice of the peace, arrives for a Hollywood visit, a gossip columnist catches wind and threatens to expose the woman's phoney high society background.
An adaptation of a 1930 domestic comedy by Irish playwright George Shiels (1881-1949), which had been performed on Broadway several times during the 1930s in repertory by The Abbey Theatre Irish Players on tour. A "gossoon" is a servant boy, a phonetic spelling for the Irish "gosún," which is related to the Old French "garçon."
A self-centered "lady of leisure" languidly lies on her chaise lounge and runs the lives of her husband and the other household members. Her dynamic brother arrives and is determined to make her do something--anything-- with her life. The more he bullies, the more she finds ingenious ways to do absolutely nothing with her time.
In post-war England, a young woman brings home her new husband, a rather bohemian and talented artist. Her widowed mother falls deeply in love with her daughter's new husband who begins to feel the same way as he paints her portrait.
Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal's son with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin, he's mistaken by his prospective son-in-law Marlow for an innkeeper, his daughter for the local barmaid. The good news is, while Marlow can barely speak to a woman of quality he's a charmer with those of a different stamp. And so, as Hardcastle's indignation intensifies, Miss Hardcastle's appreciation for her misguided suitor soars. Misdemeanours multiply, love blossoms, mayhem ensues. One of the great, ...
Sometimes you can die twice. After the body of a man is found beaten to death, police discover the "dead" man is alive and well. He had disguised the corpse to look like him and his wife gave a false alibi. Though alive, he may not stay that way for long.
A mysterious man and woman check into a boarding house, arousing the attention of the old ladies who live there. They begin gossiping and convince themselves that the new boarder is the horrible "Bluebeard" murderer who has killed numerous women.
A young criminal escapes from a police lieutenant and eventually is adopted by a doctor. In fact, he becomes a physician himself. Many years later, he's recognized by the policeman who then begins an attack against the reformed man.
The Crochets, a Cajun family of eight who live in the Louisiana bayou, are proud of the steps that they have salvaged from the river for their two-room shack. "The Commodore" is a lazy man, who presumably earns his living as a ditch-digger. Mrs. Crochet raises lilies in the swamp, hoping she will someday be able to sell them. They learn of the possibility of getting a larger home, one that will match their steps, if they can raise $60. Saving the day is a florist from New Orleans who buys all of Mrs. Crochet's lilies, 7,000 at 2 cents each.
Two young girls from different social classes become close friends during the summer. When the daughter of a marquis has a party and wants to invite her new friend, her parents deem her "not good enough" to attend. The "rich" girl is so distraught that she almost commits suicide.
A shy woman with low self-esteem is married to a prominent husband. She is intimidated by his powerful friends and the social pressures that come with success. She does manage to find her inner strength and a new set of priorities.
With the outbreak of World War II, a Polish girl, a French girl, an English girl, and two American girls are faced with the problem of living with Erna, a sensitive young German girl. When Warsaw is bombed and the Polish girl learns of the death of her parents, there is no concealing the feeling against Erna. The Polish girl had loved Erna's brother and he had been in a German plane near Warsaw. Soon Erna is trying to conceal her letters, unable to bear the anguish and bewilderment they cause her. Through it all the headmistress tries valiantly to preserve this kindly...
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's ...