Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Olivia de Havilland won her first Academy Award in Leisen’s groundbreaking melodrama about an unwed mother’s emotional journey. Young Jody Norris meets a departing serviceman in wartime. Emotionally drawn together, they share a passionate night. But Jody is left pregnant and alone when her lover is killed in battle, and she gives up her child. Meeting him years later, she longs to identify herself but is constrained by her secret sorrow. A timely story that many Americans must have lived during World War II, the film is striking for its frankness and the dignity it affords its characters.
Paramount Pictures. Producer: Charles Brackett. Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Jacques Théry. Cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp. Editor: Alma Macrorie. Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Mary Anderson, Roland Culver.
35mm, b/w, 122 min.