After a two-year absence, Clem Spender returns home on the very day that his former fiancée, Delia, is marrying another man. Clem enlists in the Union army and dies on the battlefield, but not before finding comfort in the arms of Delia's cousin, Charlotte Lovell. The years pass and Charlotte establishes an orphanage and eventually confesses to Delia that her dearest young charge, Tina, is an fact her own child by Clem. Jealousy and family secrets threaten to tear the cousins apart.
Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!
Did You Know?
Society women such as portrayed here would never have their names printed (on the many invitations and announcements throughout) as "Mrs. Delia ... Mrs. Henrietta" etc. but as "Mrs." before their husbands' names and as long as they remained widows. Obviously this was done for clarity to the viewer, but in period novels you don't see this stylistic error. See more
Delia Lovell Ralston
Dr. Lanskell? Come here a moment. Do you remember when I stopped Charlotte from marrying Joe? You said at the time it was a sacrilegious thing to lay a hand on another person's destiny.
I thought it was a mistake. But one never knows what was a mistake and what was not. We can't turn back the clock and play life over again.
The opening credits are shown on facsimiles of wedding invitation cards. See more
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Music by Louis Lambert
Played at the train station when soldiers return See more