Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Top Billed Actors: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton
IMDb Rating: 6.8
*Exclusive Award Winner*
Won 1 Oscar:
Best Actress - Helen Hayes
Nominated for 0 more
Plot: A woman gets married, has a baby, gets married again, goes to jail, puts her son through med school, and looks like a hag when it's all said and done.
Besides Hayes wonderful, timeless performance, this film excels at other components. One being the pace of the story. Because the story progresses in an episodic nature (the viewer gets glimpses at various points in Hayes' life) and the film is not long (75 minutes), the end of the movie seems to arrive quickly. We get a thorough background on the characters, and time plays its role not long after. It is so interesting to see how Hayes' son grows up and how her life falls apart as the story advances. I'm not ashamed to admit that a scene towards the end forced me to shed a tear.
Unfortunately, Hayes' acting ability did not seep into her co-stars. Although the other actors' performances are not terrible, Hayes casts too long of a shadow. Neil Hamilton and Marie Prevost are outdated and over the top at times. Robert Young is also not up to snuff. However, Hayes is there to save the day as she dominates every single scene of the movie.
Overall, this exclusive award winner isn't ever going to be considered a defining piece of cinematic history. But Helen Hayes' acting is something this movie rightfully hangs its hat on. The tear gives the film an extra point.
My Score: 7/10