Small Town Girl is romance with nice comedy sequences and with a well-balanced cast headed by Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor.
Ben Ames Williams’ novel gives a few neat twists to the ancient plot of the obscure Cinderella who marries into the wealthy family. All the time-tested and easy-to-foresee elements are present, including the hoity-toity sweetheart who is bad for the character and the career of the silver-spoon kid who is ultimately brought onto the right track by the wholesome influence exponent.
Picture has tempo and humanity. There is a skillful blending of the sentimentality and the giggles. On the acting end it’s a smacko assignment for Gaynor and she displays considerable authority in her performance.
Taylor looks like the dames like him to look, and he acts like the boys can okay him. Binnie Barnes makes a provocative off-type vixen.
1953: Nomination: Best Song (‘My Flaming Heart’)