Production Company: Fox Film Corporation
Distributor: Fox Film Corporation
Top Billed Actors: Ann Harding, Clive Brook, Conrad Nagel
IMDb Rating: 7.0
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 0 Oscars
Nominated for 1 more:
Plot: A wife of a boring guy wants more.
EDIT (3/18/18): I received a copy of this on DVD. The last reel of the film is excluded, but because I was able to watch 90% of this movie, I am able to jot down a few thoughts.
There is nothing spectacular about this lost film. A woman accustomed to the gaiety and exuberance of London marries a man who makes her the lady of an estate out in the country. They have a baby, but the woman ultimately ends up becoming unhappy with her circumstances. She still loves her son very much, but she decides to leave her husband after an instance in which he does not believe her when he accuses her of infidelity and she denies it. What is interesting is the similarities of 2017's Phantom Thread, due to the demanding presence of the man's sister in the household. I assume Paul Thomas Anderson has inspirations from Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca (1940) comes to mind), but this comes before all of that. The acting isn't great, but not bad for 1931. As a testament to the movie, I really wish I could have seen the last reel of the film. The mother is away from her child and she comes back to the estate in East Lynne to see him in the dead of the night. It's at that moment that the DVD stops and I am left to guess what happens. Overall, I am glad I got to cross this off my list as I endure to watch every Best Picture nominee. I won't be claiming that this should have won the award, but it still isn't the worst of 1931.