I’ve never seen this, but I know it’s rare, disturbing and pre-code, the kind of harrowing depiction of life as an urban single hottie surrounded by leering manipulative men that we’d never see again until MAD MEN and maybe Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT. But from what I hear, no Jack Lemmon can be found in the early years of the depression. Loretta Young is the heroine here, and it’s for this reason that it’s running on TCM this Weds at noon (EST)!
Paul from Lincoln on IMDB raves:
Loretta Young is superb as the lead, maintaining a heartbreaking look of hope and innocence while suffering through terrible yet socially acceptable abuse from every man in her life. Also, Lyle Talbot gives a jaw-dropping portrayal of sleazy machismo and ruthlessness that lend to a truly frightening ending.
The film is quite depressing and the final lines of dialogue will leave your head spinning. Unfortunately, the film is not readily available, but if you get a chance to see it, it will blow you away.
If this starred Charlize Theron I’d be wary, but the pre-code “hard hitter” is always fascinating enough from a sociological standpoint to be worth the trauma. And if nothing else, it shows humanity does make progress, even if it is mighty slow. With sexual harassment charges looming in the forefront of every chauvanist pig’s litigiously corporate hive mind, we have a come long way, baby… even if the surface still has to scratch itself.