Time: 94 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
It's sort of a shame that the only film to ever pair the king and queen of screwball comedy Grant and Lombard is a romantic drama. That is until you find yourself wholly taken in by their lovely chemistry and emotional honesty. I don't think I've ever seen a film that tackles the topics of adultery and divorce with such intelligence, maturity and decency. Lombard plays Julie Eden, a widowed, single mother who happens to meet Alec Walker while out fishing on a sunny summer day. They immediately spark and agree to meet again the following afternoon. Their relationship begins to blossom, but is cut short when Julie discovers that Alec is a married man. A connection like theirs doesn't happen every day, however, she refuses to be a home wrecker. Alec assures her there is no home to destroy. He and his wife Maida (Francis) are separated in every way except legally. He's only stayed with her because his parents are so fond of her and he had no one else to love. Now that he's found Julie, he demands a divorce from Maida, being unwilling to live the lie that they are happily married any longer. What they fail to anticipate is Maida's spiteful unwillingness to give up the lifestyle and social status to which she's become accustomed.
She hasn't been happy in their marriage either, but she'll be damned if he's to find wedded bliss and leave her with nothing. If she can't be with her true love, than neither can he. Being of a trusting nature, Alec initially believes Maida when she says she'll file for divorce in Europe to lessen the scandal. Julie doesn't trust Maida as far as she could throw her and when Christmas comes around with no wedding date in sight, she gives up on ever having a future with Alec. She can no longer take the strain and humiliation of being the other woman. She knows Maida is playing a game with their lives, but it's one they can't possibly win, especially when Maida's willing to destroy them to secure her victory. With his future in the toilet, Alec does what any heartbroken man would to ease his pain: he drinks himself stupid. Of course, drowning his sorrows only makes the situation worse, leaving him at death's door. It's Julie's unselfish love and devotion that exposes the money-grubbing Maida for the cold-hearted bitch she really is. It's a confrontation well worth waiting for and one that helps moderate the melodrama of Alec's desperate fight to stay alive.