Mildred, played by Bette Davis, is a pasty-faced pale blonde girl who is a waitress in a London restaurant. She is the very definition of the poor working girl with a dynamite body who is a cocky and callous, flirty tease who will never truly love a man. She will only use men for what they can give her today, tossing them to the curb when a new man offers more.
Legendary Leslie Howard is Philip Carey, a sensitive and loving man with a club foot that causes him to limp, and prevents him from dancing with his women. He is a failed artist who becomes a medical student, falling fatally in love with Mildred. He soon discovers that he is her ‘last’ choice for a playmate, but he will love her anyway, waiting for her return to him after her affairs with other men.
Mildred will flirt with Philip only when she needs something from him. Philip will be her slave when she need him, even knowing that she despises him. Philip is in bondage by his love for Mildred, but Mildred will only tease Philip when she needs something that her other men won’t give her.
Sometimes it seems that the worst people in the world find success and fortune while the best people in the world inherit nothing but poverty and despair. But we are all ‘farmers’ in life. If we plant stinkweed all our life, we cannot expect to live in a rose garden. But if we plant smiles and love, with enough patience and persistence, we will one day reap what we have planted, many times greater. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee