Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A young man returns home to help his sick mother run her shop and does all he can to make ends meet.
My Take on it –Once again, here is a film that I had never even heard about before seeing that Cary Grant was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance.
This was a boring and gloomy story that was a chore to get through.
The main character is totally miscast since Grant (a 40 year old) needs to play a teenager and he does a pretty poor job at that.
The story has no realistic aspects to it and it all feels too convoluted.
I’m still quite baffled as to how Grant got nominated for Best Actor for this role and even more confused as to how Ethel Barrymore won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance here. (I guess it must have been a career award since that makes the only sense to me.
Bottom Line – Pretty gloomy and boring story of a young man (played by 40 yr old Grant) who resorts to crime in order to help his mother who is dying of cancer. The story itself doesn’t seem realistic at all and Grant feels really miscast in this kind of role. I’m still a bit confused how Grant got nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for this role and how Barrymore ended up winning Best Supporting Actress.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Author Richard Llewellyn was strongly opposed to the casting of Cary Grant, demanding to know how the 40-year-old actor could play a teenager. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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