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Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Katherine Hepburn is alarmingiy miscast as Trigger, a backwoods gal with an ersatz Ozark accent, who falls (sequentially) for Robert Young & Ralph Bellamy, dam engineers from way up North. Poor and stubbornly proud, Trigger may not be the church-going type, but her guileless prayers hold the power of true belief. Not such a good thing when the locals start to notice the raising of the dead & the healing of the sick. Is this the Lord’s work or witchcraft? Naive & odd as it is, Lula Vollmer’s play is not without interest and Edward Cronjager’s location lensing is as fresh & lovely as the beauteous young Kate. If only helmer John Cromwell were able to pull the dramatic threads together in as compelling a manner as he managed this same year for Bette Davis in her breakthrough pic, OF HUMAN BONDAGE.

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