Dallas Archer, a young man who comes from a New York family of means, is in love with a married woman, Mrs. Armstrong, who is contemplating divorce due to no longer loving her own husband. Members of his family know about the affair and have openly stated their displeasure in Dallas' behavior except for his grandfather, Newland Archer. Dallas expects that his grandfather's silence has something to do with an issue from his own past. As such, Dallas asks him for the truth as opposed to the rumors about that issue. That issue, which happened when Newland was around Dallas' age, was his engagement to May Welland, but he who ended up falling in love with May's married first cousin, Ellen, the Countess Olenska, upon her return to New York from Europe as she contemplated divorcing the Count for no longer loving him, love which she wanted in her life regardless of the scandal of divorce. Ellen ended up finding that love with Newland. In asking his grandfather, Dallas has an ulterior motive ...
Did You Know?
According to a contemporary news item in Film Daily, Katharine Hepburn
was considered for the role of Ellen. See more
When Dallas and Newland are seen getting into the limousine, Newland is sitting on the far side and Dallas on the near side. Also Dallas is carrying his coat in his right arm. In the next shot when they are seen just seated, Newland is on the near side and Dallas on the far side. Also Dallas is carrying the coat on his left arm. See more
We're so busy protecting women's honors, that we don't care what becomes of the women!
None But the Lonely Heart
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often as background music See more