A strong cast that handles itself superbly throughout aided by the capable direction of Andre de Toth, is responsible for whatever entertainment value this picture might have. Obviously, the film set out to be a study in characterizations, destined to make the story [from a Saturday Evening Post serial by Frank and Marian Cockrell] itself secondary to the characters portrayed, thus giving it a lift out of the ordinary. But somewhere along the line this idea was sidetracked.
Merle Oberon gives one of the best portrayals of her career in the role of a young heiress beset by psychological neuroses due to the loss of her parents when a ship on which they were returning from Batavia to America is sunk, she being one of four survivors.
Thomas Mitchell, as the conniver intent on driving the heiress into an asylum and gaining her riches, has some poor lines to toss away before coming through with a meaty performance. Franchot Tone’s portrayal of a bayou country doctor who falls for Oberon is forthright, but never too weighty.