This Love of Ours


1h 30m 1945

Brief Synopsis

At a convention, medical researcher Michel Touzac goes with colleagues to see stage caricaturist Targel, whose assistant Florence recognizes him...and attempts suicide. Saved by Touzac's new technique, Florence is revealed in a flashback as Michel's abandoned wife Karin, whom their daughter Susette thinks is dead. Can Susette cope if they now re-unite?

Film Details

Also Known As
As It Was Before, As before better than before
Release Date
Nov 2, 1945
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Oct 1945
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Come prima meglio di prima by Luigi Pirandello (1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,111ft

Synopsis

Noted French research scientist Dr. Michel Touzac travels to Chicago for a medical convention, and once there, is convinced by his colleagues to go to Hinky Joe's, a nightclub, where the Great Joseph Targel, a sketch artist, is performing. Though he doesn't recognize her at first, Michel is surprised to discover that his wife Karin, whom he had left behind in France, is working as Targel's musical accompanist. Karin later attempts suicide, and Michel performs an experimental operation which saves her life. As Karin lays in bed, Michel browses through her diary, which prompts him to recall their first meeting in Paris, when Michel, a young intern, was called to the theater to tend to Karin's sprained ankle: After a brief courtship, Michel and Karin marry, and she gives up her career in the theater. A few years after the birth of their daughter Susette, the jealous Michel overhears two older women gossiping in a bakery, accusing the beautiful Karin of infidelity. Michel then follows Karin to the home of Uncle Robert, a blind gentleman, but before he can confront the two, he is diverted by a friend. After learning that Karin goes to Bob's every afternoon, Michel publicly accuses her at Susette's birthday party of adultery. Karin then strikes Michel and rushes upstairs, only to come down later that evening to discover that Michel has left and taken Susette with him. The diary ends with an entry stating that after months of searching for her daughter, Karin gave up hope and moved to America. As Karin begins her recovery from the suicide attempt, Michel has her moved to the Rossmore Resort, a private sanitarium in Wisconsin, where he tells her that Susette thinks that her mother is dead. Despite her hatred for Michel, Karin agrees to return home with him, where she is presented to the teenage Susette as Michel's "new" wife Florence. Susette rejects her new mother, however, having grown up idolizing the "dead" Karin so much that she had built a shrine to her. In an attempt to bring Karin and Susette together, Miss Tucker, the housekeeper, leaves the Touzac household, but her departure only drives another wedge between mother and daughter. Later, Targel visits the Touzacs and asks the unhappy Karin to return to the stage with him. During Susette's birthday party, Bob arrives and tells Karin that he and Michel became close friends after Michel learned that he was merely taking piano lessons from her. Bob also tells Karin that he later moved to America with Michel and Susette, where he regained his eyesight through an operation, and that Michel has never stopped loving her. Upon the conclusion of her birthday party, Susette asks Targel to draw a portrait of her mother, but upon hearing Karin speak of her mother, Susette becomes upset and threatens to leave home. Though still in love with Michel, Karin decides that it is best for all if she is the one to leave. As Michel tries to stop Karin, Susette overhears him call Karin by her real name and finally realizes that she is her real mother. Susette then stops Karin from leaving by calling out, "Mother, mother."

Cast

Merle Oberon

Karin Touzac, also known as Florence Hale

Claude Rains

Dr. Joseph Targel

Charles Korvin

Michel Touzac

Carl Esmond

Uncle Robert

Sue England

Susette Touzac

Jess Barker

Chadwick

Helene Thimig

Tucker

Harry Davenport

Dr. Jerry Wilkerson

Dave Willock

Dr. Dailey

Ralph Morgan

Dr. Lane

Howard Freeman

Dr. Barnes

Fritz Leiber

Dr. Bailey

Selmer Jackson

Dr. Melnik

Ann Codee

Anna

Ferike Boros

Housekeeper

Maris Wrixon

Evelyn

Leon Tyler

Ross

Doris Merrick

Vivian

Andre Charlot

M. Flambertin

Cora Witherspoon

William Edmunds

Jose

Barbara Bates

Mrs. Dailey

Robert Raison

Call boy

Evelyn Falke

Nanette

Joanie Bell

Susette Touzac as a small child

Beatrice Roberts

Surgical nurse

Daun Kennedy

Receptionist

Poni Adams

Chorus girl

Kathleen O'malley

Chorus girl

Jean Trent

Chorus girl

Joan Fulton

Chorus girl

Karen Randle

Chorus girl

Kerry Vaughn

Chorus girl

Frank Arnold

M. Labrot

Loulette Sablon

Nurse

Ralph Littlefield

Comic

Simone La Brousse

Mme. Rigaud

Irving Greines

Child

Billy Ward

Child

Gerald Perreau

Child

Vicki Benedict

Child

Olivia West

Child

Diane Miller

Child

Kay Smith

Child

Robert Cole

Child

Andre Marsaudon

Dr. Fessier

George Renavent

Dr. Lebreton

Jacques Catelain

Dr. Robichaux

Eve Garrick

Guest

Nanette Vallon

Guest

Francesca Waskowitz

Guest

Rosita Marstini

Mme. Flambertin

Adrienne D'ambricourt

Mme. Rocheville

Ian Wolfe

Dr. Straus

Tony Ellis

Anaesthetist

Nolan Leary

Waiter

Vangie Beilby

Irish mother

Louise Long

Stout woman

Richard Ryan

Chabon

Cyril Delevanti

Secretary

Herbert Heywood

Gardner

Joel Fluellen

Porter

Ruth Brennan

Maid

Pearl Early

Cook

Bobby Dillon

Boy

Dickie Love

Boy

Bonnie Henjum

Boy

Hugh Maguire

Boy

Pamela Payton

Boy

Mickey Kuhn

Boy

Sewall Shurtz

Boy

Ian Bernard

Boy

Jana Eckland

Girl

Loretta Cunningham

Girl

Eleanor Taylor

Girl

Edna May Wonacott

Girl

George Davis

Constance Purdy

Marcelle Corday

Film Details

Also Known As
As It Was Before, As before better than before
Release Date
Nov 2, 1945
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Oct 1945
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Come prima meglio di prima by Luigi Pirandello (1923).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,111ft

Award Nominations

Best Score

1945

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working titles of this film were As It Was Before and As Before, Better than Before. According to Hollywood Reporter, Universal purchased the rights to the Luigi Pirandello play as a starring vehicle for actor Charles Boyer. In April 1944, Universal begin negotiations with David O. Selznick to borrow actress Ingrid Bergman for a planned Bruce Manning production to star Boyer and Bergman. New York Times reported in July 1945 that Universal later attempted to sell the film rights to the novel to M-G-M for $250,000, but the deal failed due to a European rights problem. H. J. Salter's musical score for this film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1945, but lost to Miklos Rozsa's work on David O. Selznick production Spellbound (see entry above). Rita Hayworth and Charles Korvin starred in a Lux Radio Theatre production of This Love of Ours on February 4, 1946. The Luigi Pirandello play was filmed again by Universal in 1956 as Never Say Goodbye, starring Rock Hudson and Cornell Borchers and directed by Jerry Hopper.