It’s one of those “oh, well,” productions. This George Cukor-directed feature could have been much better if they’d cast the leads more appropriately but, oh well.

On the set: Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer

Written off by MGM as a “prestige” picture, Irving Thalberg had carte blanche when it came to creating mammoth sets and exquisite craftsmanship that all but smothered the slight acting talent of his wife, Norma Shearer.

Thalberg’s plan to make Shearer the “Helen Hayes of film” never quite panned out. Death’s bony finger would soon be tapping Thalberg’s bony shoulder for a play date, and the merry widow Thalberg’s career gradually veered onto the rocks.

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