Production Company: Fox
Top Billed Actors: James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Minna Gombell
IMDb Rating: 6.7
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 2 Oscars:
Best Director - Frank Borzage
Best Writing (Adapted) - Edwin J. Burke
Nominated for 1 more:
Plot: A hardworking man never wants to get married so he go gets married.
This snapshot of the times is fascinating. The movie had other things going for it as well. The pace of the film was phenomenal. I don't usually enjoy romance-heavy dramas, but I always find myself itching to see what comes next in these Borzage pictures. The plot progresses fast enough and the fact that the audience knows about certain situations in which other characters do not leaves the viewer on the edge of the couch. The acting by Eilers as the lead woman is also excellent. What's more, she does this with a sub-par partner, which is very reminiscent of the Gaynor-Farrell movies.
The acting by Dunn makes certain sequences unbearable. The stereotypical New York accent and ending many sentences with "see?" really date this movie. Whenever Dunn speaks, it also feels very scripted. Needless to say, Eilers steals the show with her pretty face and her superior acting. Another sequence I did not enjoy involves the character development towards the beginning of the film. When trying to establish how the woman is always hit on and how the man never wants to start a family, the dialogue is very over the top. It eventually settles down and the characters become likeable, but I just chuckled when their viewpoints about relationships are first introduced.
Overall, this movie fits in with other Borzage romance films in that I get turned towards a genre I typically do not enjoy. Eilers' acting in a fast moving plot overshadows some of the minor negative aspects of the picture.
My Score: 6/10