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Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

United States 1946 86 mins.

B-picture auteur Ulmer took advantage of one of his biggest budgets to craft this intelligently scripted, solidly acted, amazingly subtle wartime drama–while still retaining his characteristically subversive attitude toward conventional morality. The story centers on a young New Orleans woman named Toni (Nancy Coleman), who is impregnated by a soldier on leave and reluctantly gives up the baby to her childless and wealthier older sister (Margaret Lindsay). Things become complicated when Toni begins to reconsider her decision. Struck from the original camera negative, this print represents a rare opportunity to see a “Poverty Row” production in its pristine state. “In this feverishly romantic, visually resplendent war-at-home melodrama . . .Ulmer cuts loose with a wild creativity that yoked his theatrical imagination to a keen view of the traumatic times.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

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