Grace Caldwell, a young Pennsylvania newspaper heiress living with her widowed mother, has trouble restraining herself when it comes to the amorous attentions of young men. As word starts to spread about her behavior, Grace becomes a major source of heartache for her mother and a big source of concern to her brother, Brock. One evening, at a Christmas party, Grace meets Sidney Tate, a gentleman farmer. They fall in love, and he asks her to marry him. Grace accepts, but only after making it clear that there are some things about her past she's not at all proud of. Sidney is taken aback by Grace's candid admission, but still wants to marry her. Grace promises to be faithful to Sidney; it's a promise she has every intention of keeping, until a former casual acquaintance, Roger Bannon, re-enters her life. Written by
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Study of nymphomania among the upper middle class.
This is an attempt to duplicate the success of BUTTERFIELD 8, another O'Hara novel adaptation about nymphomania which starred Elizabeth Taylor in an Oscar-winning performance. Here Suzanne Pleshette struggles mightily with her compulsion. She loves men and she loves sex with men. Despite her honesty about her inability to control her compulsion, all around her are so willing to denounce her and call her "slut", but no one is willing to understand her or truly love her, despite her problem. This tried to be a morality film but we wind up hating the society around her with its jealousy, its smugness and its hypocrisy, and we care about Grace (well played by Pleshette) and her happiness. So its purpose sort of backfires with modern audiences. The Costume Design was nominated for an Oscar - we don't know why - the contemporary clothing of the women is attractive but never outstanding. It DID deserve Oscar noms (but did not get them) for excellent black and white Panavision cinematography and an equally excellent dramatic score by Nelson Riddle. An aborning drama with a surprise twist at the end - sort of a take on the boy who cried wolf. Worth a look.
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