CAST

Leslie Howard
Bette Davis
Frances Dee
Kay Johnson
Reginald Denny
Alan Hale
Reginald Sheffield
Reginald Owen
Desmond Roberts
DIRECTED BY

John Cromwell
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Time: 83 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Romance/Drama

Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (Davis).
CAPSULE REVIEW –– The main reason I tuned in to watch this classic melodrama was to see Bette Davis's first major screen performance. Sure she made a number of other films before this one, but it's this film that broke her career wide open. Her role as an illiterate, unfeeling waitress who comes to a very bad end, would earn her her first Oscar nomination. Though she plays the pivotal role, it's really Leslie Howard, probably best known for playing Ashley in GONE WITH THE WIND, who has the lead here. He plays a young medical student with a club foot, who falls desperately in love with Davis's character. She finds him boring yet suffers his attentions when her other male friend's are busy elsewhere. Ever the gentleman, he finds himself on the receiving end of her lies time and time again, but never kicks her out of his life. As she begins her inevitable crawl into the gutter, she ruins his life and breaks his heart when he reaches out to give her a final helping hand. She's a leech he can't get out of his system, even though he's the object of desire of several other decent and beautiful women. She even sabotages his medical career, but in the end, she gets her comeuppance...and he is finally free to live his life. The film seems a bit dreary whenever Davis isn't onscreen, but Howard does a decent job of keeping your attention even though it's a thankless role. It's not a deep story, but the relationship between Davis and Howard portrays honest emotions with devastating results. Davis fans won't be disappointed. A telling precursor to all the devious and demented women she had yet to bring to life onscreen.