The Marcia Davenport novel of the same title contained enough material for any number of pictures, but no reader of the book will be able to quarrel with the film’s results.
Plot picks up the Scott clan, a Pittsburgh pioneer steel family, at the time Irish Mary Rafferty comes to join it as in-between maid. The tale of unfulfilled love between the servant girl and young Paul Scott, one of the family’s sons, is movingly dealt with.
Casting is of uniform excellence, topped by Greer Garson. It is only in the initial scenes that Garson doesn’t quite fit the picture of the young Irish girl, but as characters and the story mature she rises to every demand. Gregory Peck, playing opposite as Paul Scott, is standout. He has the personality and ability to command attention in any scene.