Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1939. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Casey Robinson, from the play by Zoe Akins and the novel by Edith Wharton. Cinematography by Tony Gaudio. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Robert M. Haas. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by George Amy.
Typical Bette Davis soaper has the great actress giving birth to a child out of wedlock and having her married cousin (Miriam Hopkins) raise her to hide the scandal. Naturally, the child never suspects that her old maid aunt is really her mother, even though Davis dotes on her continually without reserve. This is one of those effective tearjerkers that my mother totally goes for, especially its memorably kitschy ending.