Time: 101 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
An uneven campus comedy that allows Fonda to be both righteous and romantic, as well as occasionally funny. He stars as Tommy Turner an English professor at Midwestern University, a school more concerned with fundraising for football and Homecoming festivities than fostering the minds of its' students. In fact, the school trustees, led by Ed Keller (Pallette), are willing to force out any forward thinkers, i.e. Communists, in order to ensure that valuable donors are not scared away. In an effort to keep the peace, Tommy keeps his mouth shut about this "policy" and tries to get into the spirit of Homecoming Weekend to please his wife Ellen (de Havilland). He thought getting reacquainted with his wife's old flame, former football star Joe Ferguson (Carson) was going to be the weekend's biggest challenge. Unfortunately for him, his feelings of jealousy are forced to the back burner when he discovers his own job may soon be in jeopardy.
An over zealous student, Michael (Anderson), who just happens to be the editor of the school paper, has submitted a diatribe regarding the firing of several teachers whose views could cause trouble for the school and cites Tommy as an example of a teacher willing to stand up to the administration. Tommy was going to read a letter containing the last words of a convicted criminal and communist to show his students how even the improper use of the English language can prove powerful when constructed with passion. With no way to stop the article from being seen, the upcoming reading takes on a whole different meaning, wreaking havoc within the administration and between Tommy and his wife. Ellen is horrified at the thought of losing their quiet campus life and doesn't understand how he could jeopardize their future on a mere principle. Emotions flare further out of control when Joe shows up and tries to rekindle things with Ellen.