An interesting hybrid of "woman's picture" cross-bred with film noir, full of turgid domestic melodrama and desperate situations. When Anna (Alice Moore) elopes with farmboy Johnny (Edgar Edwards, also the film's screenwriter) against her father's wishes, they believe everything will be okay once Johnny earns enough from his job in the city. But when Johnny's murdered on his night watchman shift, Anna's left alone and pregnant. When well-meaning relatives turn her baby over to an adoption agency, crusading lawyer Larry Steele (Ralph Forbes) is her only hope. Alice Moore, niece of Mary Pickford, had previously garnered some attention in Laurel and Hardy films like Babes in Toyland
(1934) (she played the Queen of Hearts) and Pick A Star
(1937), but nothing in those lighthearted movies prepared her for the depths she'd have to plumb here.
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