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 cousins 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?
To get the effects of aging, Bette Davis
didn't wear any eye makeup or lipstick, and makeup artist Perc Westmore
used a pale, ashen base on her face. See more
At the beginning of the movie, Union Infantry troops are shown gathering to march. The insignia on their hats is crossed rifles. At that time the Infantry insignia was a bugle. They show the correct insignia on Clem's officer hat. In battle scenes some of the troops have the bugle insignia, too. See more
Delia Lovell Ralston
You are wicked, Charlotte. You are wicked.
No. I'm not wicked. I never could have done to you what you've done to me. You made me an old maid.
The opening credits are shown on facsimiles of wedding invitation cards. See more
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Music by Louis Lambert
Played at the train station when soldiers return See more