Performances are of top quality all down the line, with Gable and Turner pacing the playing. Story line makes a direct play for the tear ducts and has heart. These two factors overcome some patness in resolving plot’s problems.
Gable portrays a successful surgeon, happily married, who joins the Army. Three years of patching up the wounded in close association with his nurse, Turner, gradually changes the man’s character from smug successfulness to an awareness of his obligations to others.
Story, scripted by Paul Osborn from an original by Sidney Kingsley, is told in flashback and draws its title from the surgeon’s return home after his great war love. The dialog and the characters are made real by the forceful playing. There is strong sympathy for the love between Gable and Turner, even though the doctor’s wife, Anne Baxter, waits at home.
A considerable portion of the footage is devoted to detailing heroic work done by doctors and nurses under fire at the front, but film does not class as a war picture. Combat medical scenes add punch.