- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Alec Walker's wife Maida is a beauty, but she's also a venomous, self-absorbed schemer. Then Alec falls for an open-hearted widow named Julie. And Maida turns wedding vows into a steel trap: If Alec files for divorce, she'll drag Julie into court as a homewrecker -- and use Julie's little daughter as a witness.
In one of their rare screen pairings, movie greats Cary Grant and Carole Lombard portray Alec and Julie in a tender, emotion-laden tale that ranks among the era's great romantic melodramas. While vindictive Maida (Kay Francis) treats love like war, Alec and Julie treat love like love, displaying the warmth and deep devotion of a couple meant for each other -- but who may be kept forever apart.
Wealthy, caring gentleman Alec Walker (Cary Grant) falls for artist Julie Eden (Carole Lombard), an attractive, compassionate young widow. There's only one problem--Walker is already married. His wife, Maida (Kay Francis), is a cold and calculating social climber who only married Alec for his money and social position. Julie, unwilling to be the other woman, returns to New York, forcing Alec to beg for a divorce. Maida agrees but her real plans include emotional sabotage and maintaining her claim to the Walker fortune. Based on the novel MEMORY OF LOVE by Bessie Breuer, this romantic drama is skillfully directed by John Cromwell (THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, OF HUMAN BONDAGE). The famously flippant, fast-quipping Grant is excellent in one of his few decidedly melodramatic roles. Similarly, Lombard's affecting turn expanded upon her reputation as a fine comedic actress. The showstopping performance, however, belongs to Francis as the obsessive and greedy villain.
A man finds himself in a love triangle with his nasty, social-climbing wife and the nice girl he loves.
- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."