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The father of a girl in an orphanage has been writing his daughter, who doesn't remember him, tales of his success in business. Actually, he is impersonating a friend, a handsome gambler. When the father dies, the gambler takes to girl from the orphanage and tells her the truth. But the girl is now a full-grown beauty and complications arise, including those provided by a black-sheep brother. Written by
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I'll cut right to the chase..."Adam and Evalyn" is a rather creepy film. Perhaps you won't see it that way, but the relationship between the two main characters just seemed bizarre and a bit wrong.
When the film begins, Evalyn (Jean Simmons) is a young lady who grew up in an orphanage and now is one of the teachers. She is, however, very immature--and she lives in a dreamworld where her loving father FINALLY comes to rescue her from this place. But she hasn't seen him in so long she doesn't even know who he is or what he looks like. Yet, she keeps telling everyone that her father is soon coming for her. Sad, actually. Her father is actually a ne'er-do- well jockey and although he plans on getting the daughter, it never seems to happen. When the father is killed, as he's dying he gets his friend, Adam (Stewart Granger) to promise to get the daughter.
Now here is a HUGE problem with the story. You'd think any semi- sane man would go to the daughter and say "Your father has died. I am your godfather and am going to have you come live with me". Well, instead, he cannot bring himself to tell her the truth(???) and she thinks he's her father. Huh?
EVENTUALLY, someone else goes to Evalyn and tells her the truth. Soon after, Evalyn is sent off to a finishing school in Switzerland or Boise or somewhere. When she arrives back to Adam's home, she is now full of grace, poise and looks like a woman. Now, Adam finds himself attracted to her. Now considering the age difference, his relationship with her and that she once thought he was her dad, doesn't this all seem super-creepy?!
The bottom line is that with a small re-write this film could have been a nice romance. The age difference alone wasn't a problem (after all, the actors were married in real life and were well over a decade different age-wise)--the relationship and writing were the problem. Easy to skip.
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