Mary Marshall, serving a six year term for accidental manslaughter, is given a Christmas furlough from prison to visit her closest relatives, her uncle and his family in a small Midwestern town. On the train she meets Zach Morgan, a troubled army sergeant on leave for the holidays from a military hospital. Although his physical wounds have healed, he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is subject to panic attacks. The pair are attracted to one another and in the warm atmosphere of the Christmas season friendship blossoms into romance, but Mary is reluctant to tell him of her past and that she must shortly return to prison to serve the remainder of her sentence.Written by
Joan Fontaine, who was to play the female lead, was forced to withdraw due to previous commitments. See more »
When Mrs Marshall hang's up Zach's overcoat in the closet, the rank on the overcoat is that of a Master Sergeant but he is a Sgt First Class not a Master Sergeant. See more »
[meeting for the first time on the train]
Are you going home on furlough?
Yeah. Yeah, I'm on furlough. They gave me a furlough.
Is this your first time home since...
Well, I haven't got any regular home or family. I'm just going to visit. You traveling on business, or...
No, I'm on vacation. Christmas vacation.
What kind of business are you in? I mean, what sort of work do you do?
Well, I, uh... I travel. I'm a traveling saleswom - uh, saleslady.
I never heard any jokes about traveling ...
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I usually gobble up 1940's romantic movies like freshly made creamed rice pudding, so I was most surprised to see this on DVD whilst looking for something else ! For the occasion, I gave in to an impulse and came home with the DVD in my bags ! This is not normal as I only usually buy DVD's of films I know and like.
The "risk" paid off ........ I thoroughly enjoyed the film, of course, I dearly love both of the main actors and am also fairly fond of Shirley Temple ( it's a change to see her as an adolescent instead of as a small kid ). Although the beginning of the film is a tad slow, the whole outfit soon warms up and of course viewer suspense is maintained by asking oneself when each one of the couple will discover the "terrible" secret of the other. It's an old and tried formula, but the hard fact is that it WORKS ! The only unpleasant moment is a frighteningly savage dog attack on Mr Cotten - which I wasn't expecting - and left me momentarily breathless (let's face it, those big white teeth were impressive !!!). I am happy to have this film as part of my DVD collection and would highly recommend it to all of you who are smitten with 1940's style romanticism !
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