At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. ... See full summary »
At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich American boy touring Europe with his uncle stops at a trendy German resort and meets a pretty young girl who is there with her mother, a widow. The young couple fall for each other, until the young girl's mother's past begins to have an effect on their relationship. Written by
Zoe Akins, Dorothy Arzner's favorite screenwriter in the pre-code days, adapts a Henry James story about two old lovers who meet many years later and the budding romance of her daughter and his nephew. George Sanders and Constance Cummings are perfect as the older couple and Robert Vaughn -- a very young Robert Vaughn -- is his usual, believable stiff-necked self. Long-time director John Brahm directs this piece surely and I have to award kudos for all hands.
I must admit to not enjoying this piece very much, but that is largely due to the source material. I take little pleasure in James' fascination in showing the flaws of his class -- even his own brother called him a bore. Also the snapper ending is pretty well figured in advance. George Sanders, giving a typically graceful performance as he did so often, is the real reason to see this piece.
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