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Life Begins

A good picture, a woman's picture, different, and on the serious side. Basis of the theme is childbirth with the entire locale a hospital and the story particularly concerned with a cross-section of probably any maternity ward.

With:
Loretta Young Eric Linden Aline MacMahon Glenda Farrell Dorothy Petersen Vivienne Osborne

A good picture, a woman’s picture, different, and on the serious side. Basis of the theme is childbirth with the entire locale a hospital and the story particularly concerned with a cross-section of probably any maternity ward.

Picture is an adaptation of a play [by Mary M. Axelson] which opened in New York and ran just one week despite a definite degree of favorable word-of-mouth among the women who saw it. Warners paid $6,000 for it.

As a film it ignores much of the comedy which it held as a play. It’s become a sober screen discourse. There is one cast retention from the play, Glenda Farrell, as a hard-boiled nightclub performer who goes the way of all mothers after insisting she’ll have nothing to do with her twins. She sings ‘Frankie and Johnnie’ to one infant, after it arrives, as the closest to a lullaby she can get.

Aline MacMahon, as the ever efficient nurse, Farrell and Eric Linden comprise the performing highlights. Linden is particularly sincere and believable as the very young and distracted father while MacMahon is outstanding with an impressive performance which she expertly shades as called upon.

Life Begins

Production: Warner. Director James Flood, Elliott Nugent; Screenplay Earl Baldwin; Camera James Van Trees; Editor George Marks

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 71 MIN.

With: Loretta Young Eric Linden Aline MacMahon Glenda Farrell Dorothy Petersen Vivienne Osborne

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