Charles Brackett, who wrote and produced, injected a human quality in the script, and Mitchell Leisen makes full use of it in his direction. Start and finish of story are laid against a wartime London background, but flashes back to World War I and a small-town locale. It depicts the love and sacrifices of an unwed mother for her son, born out of a one-night romance with a war hero in 1918. It carries her through the years to London where, the relationship still unacknowledged, she waits to catch a brief glimpse of the young man as he comes to town on leave.
Artistry of Olivia de Havilland as the mother is superb. From the eager, young girl whose first romance ends when her hero is killed before marriage, through to the cold, brusque business woman, her performance doesn’t miss a bet.