Boston spinster Charlotte has had her life controlled entirely by her mother; a wealthy mother, Mrs. Henry Vale. Feeling despondent, she's convinced to spend some time in a sanitarium. Soon, Charlotte's transformed into a sophisticated, confident woman. On a cruise to South America, Charlotte meets, and begins a torrid affair with Jerry Durrance, a married architect. 6 months later, she returns home, and confronts her mother with her independence. One day, after a brief argument, her mother has a heart attack and dies. Charlotte inherits the Vale fortune but feels guilty for her mother's death. She returns to the sanitarium, where she befriends a depressed, young adolescent, named Tina. The young girls' depression brought on by having been rejected by her mother; Charlotte's former lover, Jerry's wife. Charlotte takes Tina home to Boston with her
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It happens in the best of families. But you'd never think it could happen to her!
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Did You Know?
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 10, 1943 with Paul Henreid
reprising his film role. See more
Later in the movie, Jaquith puts his hands in his pockets, then his arms are folded, then back to pockets. See more
Charlotte is no more ill than a moulting canary.
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Variation in the score when the Statue of Liberty is onscreen See more