And One Was Beautiful


1h 9m 1940
And One Was Beautiful

Brief Synopsis

Two sisters vie for the same dashing young man.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Drama
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Mar 1940
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

The glamorous Helen Lattimer strives to reach the upper rungs of society while her unassuming kid sister Kate is content to remain a sweet innocent. To avoid going to a dull party at the Harridges', Helen sends Kate in her place. At the party, Kate meets eligible playboy Ridley Crane and spends the night with him discussing cars. Kate is taken with Ridley, but he prefers her glamorous sister. The next night, after drinking heavily in a road house, Ridley passes out, and Helen decides to drive his race car home. While trying to shift gears, Helen hits and kills a bicyclist and out of panic, flees the scene of the crime, leaving Ridley to be arrested on a drunk driving and manslaughter charge. Kate becomes suspicious when an hysterical Helen returns home with stains on her gloves and furtively buries a package in the garden. The next day, when Ridley comes by and explains that he cannot remember what happened and asks Helen's help, Kate digs up the garden and finds her sister's shoe with a missing heel. Because a woman's heel was found in Ridley's car, Kate confronts Helen with the evidence, but Helen denies that she drove the car. Kate then tells Ridley about the incriminating evidence, but to shield Helen, he pleads guilty and is sentenced to five years in Sing Sing. To escape Kate's continued accusations, Helen marries George Olcott, a man she does not love. As Ridley calmly accepts his sentence, Kate works unceasingly to win a pardon for him and comfort the family of the dead man. Just as Ridley's pardon seems certain, Helen leaves her husband and offers to tell the truth. The day that Ridley is released from jail, Helen is waiting for him at the gate, but he rejects her in favor of her less glamorous sister.

Film Details

Genre
Romance
Drama
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 5, 1940
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Mar 1940
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Articles

And One Was Beautiful -


The "one" in the title is scintillating social climber Helen (Jean Muir) and not her shrinking violet sister Kate (Laraine Day, taking a break from her many Dr. Kildare movies), but when Helen wants to dodge social engagements, Kate's not adverse to going to a party in her stead. That's where dashing young man Ridley (Robert Cummings, on loan from Universal for his first top billed role) comes into both of their lives. Based on a story written by proto-feminist poet and novelist Alice Duer Miller (whose work would also later inspire The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)), the dilemma in this surprisingly progressive women's drama centers not only around "Which one will he choose?" but about the complex love-hate relationship between sisters, and how youthful decisions have life-long repercussions. Also starring Billie Burke in one of many featherweight older lady roles she was given in the decade after The Wizard Of Oz (1939).

By Violet LeVoit
And One Was Beautiful  -

And One Was Beautiful -

The "one" in the title is scintillating social climber Helen (Jean Muir) and not her shrinking violet sister Kate (Laraine Day, taking a break from her many Dr. Kildare movies), but when Helen wants to dodge social engagements, Kate's not adverse to going to a party in her stead. That's where dashing young man Ridley (Robert Cummings, on loan from Universal for his first top billed role) comes into both of their lives. Based on a story written by proto-feminist poet and novelist Alice Duer Miller (whose work would also later inspire The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)), the dilemma in this surprisingly progressive women's drama centers not only around "Which one will he choose?" but about the complex love-hate relationship between sisters, and how youthful decisions have life-long repercussions. Also starring Billie Burke in one of many featherweight older lady roles she was given in the decade after The Wizard Of Oz (1939). By Violet LeVoit

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Although onscreen credits list Harry Clork as screenwriter, the Screen Achievements Bulletin lists him as contributing writer.