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
As evidenced by a dated letter, Newland assisted Ellen with her divorce case in August 1879. Newland and May were married just after the following Easter, which would make it 1879. After returning from their honeymoon, they receive an invitation for a party on Wednesday, October 2nd. That would be correct if it was still 1878, but in 1879, October 2nd was a Thursday. See more
What's this I hear about you having an affair of the heart? I thought I was the only one who could make it flutter?
Granny Manson Mingott
Well, when a girl of my age will eat chicken salad at night, what can you expect?
None But the Lonely Heart
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often as background music See more