by Edgar G. Ulmer
With Nancy Coleman, Margaret Lindsay, and Phillip Reed.
Anticipating the mid-1950s melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Ulmer’s weepie tells the familiar story of an illegitimate birth and the tortured decision to have the baby raised by a childless older sister. With Nancy Coleman and Margaret Lindsay as the sisters DuBois, well-heeled New Orleanians with the haute-couture wardrobe to prove it, the film features witty bit performances by émigré actors Felix Bressart and Fritz Feld. Cinematographer Franz Planer, a landsman of Ulmer’s, gives the picture a similar kind of atmospheric richness to Max Ophüls’s LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, which Planer would photograph a couple years later.