After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.
As Julie prepares to leave her husband Roger, she begins to play through a stack of recordings, each of which reminds her of events in their lives together. One of them is the song that was playing when she and Roger first met in a music store. Other songs remind her of their courtship, their marriage, their desire for a child, and the joys and sorrows that they have shared. A flood of memories comes back to her as she ponders their present problems and how they arose.Written by
It appears Julie and Roger were in Japan c. 1930. The song "You Were Meant for Me" came out in 1929 and the yen-dollar exchange rate was about 2:1 in 1930-1931. The 2,000 yen Roger tells Julie the household costs in Japan would equal the $1,000 he says. That would equate to $14,500 in 2017. See more »
The record shown playing is a bat wing Victor that was produced prior to 1925, making it historically incorrect. See more »
[Judge firmly addressing two unseen attorneys]
I'll give you an opportunity to better prepare your facts.
[Hands Judge some papers]
Adoption proceedings, the Adams case.
The Adams case.
Oh yes, yes. Uh...
[turns back to attorneys]
if either one or both of you gentlemen conduct yourselves like you've been doing today I'll hold you in contempt, the both of ya!
[Walks into chambers, sees Roger, Miss Oliver, and the baby all seated. Sits at desk]
Uh, oh this is the child in ...
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Also shown in computer-colored version. See more »
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are very good in this bittersweet romance, mainly made up of flashbacks with the links between them being records from the past played by Dunne. We see the couple through their first meeting, marriage, move abroad, and so on. The central thread of the story is when they adopt a baby girl, Trina, who fills the void in their marriage. When Trina dies as a child it seems there is nothing more to hold them together.
Edgar Buchanan is excellent as uncle Applejack, the printer who knows how to handle babies, and the little girl playing Trina is cutesy cute in the nativity play scene. Grant's best moment is in the judge's office when he pleads to be allowed to keep his adopted daughter (because she isn't like an automobile you take back when you can't keep up the payments). The ending however is weak; another baby is found for them to adopt and all their troubles are over. This feels rushed and doesn't really work. Otherwise, a well put together film which is typical of the time it was made.
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