ratgirlagogo May 26, 2014 Share May 26, 2014 (edited) Ruth Chatterton is way too young for this part. Sshe was 44 and Walter Huston was 53, which isn't a huge age difference, especially in Hollywood terms. I agree that she was a very young looking 44 and Huston was a pretty old-looking 53. I think the character got married very young, probably as a teenager, had a child immediately - so she went from being in a child in her parent's house to marriage and motherhood and barely had the chance to go to dances, etc., after her debutante year. She's having a midlife crisis and mid-forties makes sense for such a woman - finding out she's going to be a grandma, etc. In my mind her character in this film is associated with Bette Davis' similar character in the much campier Mr Skeffington. In both cases these are women who were raised to be beautiful ornaments, have no idea what to do with themselves otherwise and can't take care of themselves. It's been a while since I've seen this movie and now you've made me want to go back and watch it again. Because I remember not just feeling sympathetic to the wife, but feeling that the film was kind of sympathetic to the wife. Much more sympathetic to the husband obviously, but also we get the idea that he didn't have a lot of time for her back when he was busy running the company, they were always saying how great it would be when he retired, and now that they're spending time together they're discovering that they're very different people who want completely different things in life - and unlike him as a middle-aged woman it's not going to be easy to start over with someone else. But as I said I think I want to watch it again because I may just be remembering the movie through my own sympathies. Edited May 26, 2014 by ratgirlagogo 3 Link to comment
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