Virginia Cunningham finds herself locked up in an asylum, and she does not recognize her husband Robert Cunningham, who tells Dr. Mark Kik their story. Robert meets the writer Virginia for lunches and concerts in Chicago until on a date she leaves him. They meet again in New York, and Robert asks her to marry. Virginia has trouble sleeping and gets upset and irrational.
Robert gives Dr. Kik permission to try shock treatments. Virginia is shocked several times but is still confused. Dr. Kik tells her she is better. Virginia does not remember much. Dr. Kik lets Robert visit her, and they have a picnic on the lawn. At lunch doctors tell Dr. Kik that they are overcrowded. Dr. Kik gives Virginia an injection and asks why she left Robert in Chicago. Virginia says she went with Gordon in his car, and he asks her to marry. She declines, and the car crashes. Dr. Kik wants to keep Virginia in the hospital, but Robert wants to take her to his mother’s farm. Virginia goes before the staff, and she suspects that Dr. Kik wants to get rid of her. Dr. Curtis questions her and wags his finger in her face, making her upset.
In a crowded ward a nurse tells Virginia to stay off the new rug. Robert tells Virginia that she bit the finger of Dr. Curtis and that Dr. Kik did not think she was ready to leave. Virginia says she has a pain so that she can see Dr. Kik. Virginia is moved to a room in one, prior to release. She trades cigarettes for a doll. Nurse Davis tells her to give it back, but Dr. Kik lets her keep it. Virginia recalls her childhood. —Movie Mirror
Born in Kiev, Michael Anatole Litwak was a stage actor and assistant director as a teenager. He entered Soviet cinema in 1923, working in Nordkino studios as a set decorator and assistant director. He directed his first film, the 1925 release Tatiana (Hearts and Dollars), but left the Soviet Union that year for Germany, where he edited G.W. Pabst’s Die Freudlose Gasse (The Joyless Street, 1925), assistant directed, and helmed the early ‘30s features Dolly Macht Karriere (1931), Nie Wieder Liebe (1932), and Das Lied Einer Nacht (1933). Fleeing the Nazis, Litvak directed films in England and France, among them the international hit Mayerling (1936). He came to Hollywood in 1937, where he helmed many handsome and polished features, specializing in crime films (The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Castle on the Hudson, Out of the Fog) and romantic dramas (The Sisters, All This and Heaven Too). He worked on several Army documentaries during World War II, and co-directed… read more
The film never asks why there are so many neurotic people in the American society of the 40's, a theme that could have been very interesting to handle. And, above all, why doesn't anybody take an interest in Betsy Blair ? The girls seems to have a BIG problem and would have deserved a movie dedicated to her own case. Highly recommended.
JOB OPENING: Nurse at State Booby Hatch. Ideal candidate will be rude, angry, and unattractive. Remorseless sadism preferred but not required. Should be proficient at wordlessly transmitting resentment and irritation to patients. Shorthand a plus.