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Only Yesterday

Introducing to the screen Margaret Sullavan, trained in legit, this picture is as auspicious a launching as could be asked by any performer. Universal says the picture was suggested by Frederick Lewis Allen's book, a volume of contemporary reminiscences. That has nothing to do with the story except that the yarn starts in 1917 during the war, and ends in 1929 just as Wall Street laid that egg.

With:
Margaret Sullavan John Boles Edna May Oliver Billie Burke Benita Hume Reginald Denny

Introducing to the screen Margaret Sullavan, trained in legit, this picture is as auspicious a launching as could be asked by any performer. Universal says the picture was suggested by Frederick Lewis Allen’s book, a volume of contemporary reminiscences. That has nothing to do with the story except that the yarn starts in 1917 during the war, and ends in 1929 just as Wall Street laid that egg.

It is the irony of the heroine’s life to be twice seduced by the same man but not recognized by him. A lapse of 12 years has wiped the man’s memory clean but to the woman, in her middle 30s, her love for the man is as pristine as when she first surrendered.

A secondary role by Billie Burke glistens like a diamond. She is Aunt Julia, the broadminded New Yorker who takes care of the girl and her child. Later, Aunt Julia takes herself a husband (Reginald Denny). A couple of delightful comedy sequences with Denny playing the piano and Burke singing offkey provide natural laughs.

The lad with the faulty memory, but okay for all of that, is John Boles, a tenor who turns out to be a dependable dramatic leading man.

Only Yesterday

Production: Universal. Director John M. Stahl; Producer Carl Laemmle Jr; Screenplay Arthur Richman, George O'Neill, William Hurlbut; Camera Merritt Gerstad; Editor Milton Carruth; Music [uncredited]; Art Director Charles D. Hall

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Margaret Sullavan John Boles Edna May Oliver Billie Burke Benita Hume Reginald Denny

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