After a two-year absence, Clem Spender returns home on the very day that his former fiancée, Delia, is marrying another man. Clem enlists in the Union army and dies on the battlefield, but not before finding comfort in the arms of Delia's cousin, Charlotte Lovell. The years pass and Charlotte establishes an orphanage and eventually confesses to Delia that her dearest young charge, Tina, is an fact her own child by Clem. Jealousy and family secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.
Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!
Did You Know?
To get the effects of aging, Bette Davis
didn't wear any eye makeup or lipstick, and makeup artist Perc Westmore
used a pale, ashen base on her face. See more
Clem leaves for service in 1861, and Tina is born the following year, 1862. Dee's wedding invitation is dated 1884, and at that time Charlotte and Delia are discussing Tina's future. They say she is not yet twenty, but actually she would be at least 22 years of age. See more
The carriage is ready. The horses don't like standing on a cold night like this.
Oh, fiddle the horses!
The opening credits are shown on facsimiles of wedding invitation cards. See more
Spoofed in The Film Fan
Traditional 18th century tune
Played in the score for the first scene See more