Successful middle-aged businessman Steve Bradford returns to the town where he attended college many years previously. His conscience has been bothering him since whilst a student, he fathered an illegitimate son who was given away to the local orphanage. He returns to the orphanage and meets its current head, Ann Dempster, hoping to persuade her to help him find his son. She refuses but Steve finds himself getting more involved at the orphanage and learns many lessons life had failed to teach him. Written by
Col Needham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Melodrama tearjerker about a tycoon (James Cagney) who decides to look for his son who he gave up for adoption twenty-years earlier. Along his journey he meets a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) who works at an orphanage and another young woman who is pregnant without the man in her life. This sounded like an extremely weird role for Cagney to take but after watching the film I can understand why he took it since it's such a stretch from the roles we're use to seeing him do but in the end I think his heart was in the right place but the performance wasn't. Cagney comes off simply okay as he manages to make it a low key performance but the emotional scenes just couldn't come off with him. I'm guessing Stanwyck just wanted a paycheck because she's pretty weak in the film. Both actors really fall short from what we'd expect from them but this might be do to the rather bland screenplay that doesn't offer anything fresh or original. When Cagney finally finds his son it comes off very force and unbelievable.
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