When Garbo gargles on the low ones it’s hard to accept her as the operatic high soprano an off-screen singer presents her to be, but the picture [from the play Signora Cavallini by Edward Sheldon] is Garbo all the way.
Director Clarence Brown again uses her very nicely in a part that might have easily been overacted. A French opera star with a past falls in love with a holy and wealthy young American preacher – in America. Her rep is generally known but the boy love laughs that off. The uncle of the good girl the preacher-boy is to wed was himself the French woman’s ex-master.
Though the story occurs in the 1860s, action starts and finishes with a prolog and epilog, on a modern New Year’s eve. An old bishop, who was Garbo’s lover those years ago, is telling his grandson about it.