After a two-year absence, Clem Spender returns home on the very day that his former fiancée, Delia, is marrying another man. Clem enlists in the Union army and dies on the battlefield, but not before finding comfort in the arms of Delia's cousin, Charlotte Lovell. The years pass and Charlotte establishes an orphanage and eventually confesses to Delia that her dearest young charge, Tina, is an fact her own child by Clem. Jealousy and family secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.
Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!
Did You Know?
Warner Brothers publicity department took full advantage of the dueling divas and played up their feud to boost ticket sales for the upcoming film. They even went as far as to circulate a photo of the actresses in full costume with boxing gloves on, ready to duke it out, with director Goulding looking resigned between them. See more
At about 1:09, when Tina is standing at the staircase after returning from the ball, as Charlotte is eavesdropping, the shadow of a boom mic passes across the carpet, just after Tina says "What sort of things?" This is especially puzzling because there is no further dialogue in the shot and no reason for the mic to follow Tina. See more
Well, then shoot the whole bunch of them and be done with it, and Good-bye!
The opening credits are shown on facsimiles of wedding invitation cards. See more
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
Music by Richard Wagner
Played as background music and hummed by Bette Davis
Reprised at Delia's weddimg and on a music box before Dee's wedding See more