A young girl is raped while coming home from work. The trauma of the attack turns her away from her parents and her fiancée, and, unable to face society, she runs away and, using an assumed name, takes a job on an orange ranch. A young clergyman takes an interest in her, although she won't confide in him. When a ranch hand tries to kiss her, she relives her terrifying experience and nearly kills him. She is arrested but when her identity is established and the facts of her case are brought forth, the clergyman convinces the court that it is society that should shoulder the blame. He helps rebuild her faith and send her back to her parents and fiancée. Written by
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1941-1950 claims Tod Andrews made his screen debut in this film; actually, he has at least a dozen and a half previous credits while under contract to Warner Bros. as Michael Ames. See more »
Ida Lupino is a name that we know for one of the most stunning beauties ever to appear on screen.
And the beauty is great.
So is the actress.
So is the director.
This is a stage fare sort of film. A great film has to work on stage as well as screen. A great film has to inspire kids to make believe, although the subject matter here probably is over the heads of most kids.
This is the story of a respectable young woman, a total beauty on the order of Ida herself, rich in values, who is sexually assaulted.
What she goes through after-wards is well depicted. Not only does Ida show us what the world sees, but she shows us what the young lady sees.
Throughout the film, we get textbook directing and more. Not only is it blocked like a professional stage director would block it, but it is given all the additives that film can give. To say more would be to spoil what will be a pleasant experience for the viewer.
I call it "perfect directing", but you can't have a film this perfect without perfect writing and acting as well. This film excels on all levels.
I am a stickler for credible characters in incredible circumstances. However, here, we have credible characters in credible circumstances, and we still watch with interest. It is a heart filled story that will leave the strong men in tears.
And it is not dated. Still relevant today. A hidden gem.
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