Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district attorney dedicated to closing down such houses.
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After losing everything, Jenny lives to provide for her son. She is kind of a tragic hero, and I find it intriguing to see a woman have this role, considering this is a 30s movie! However, she's a mother first and a survivor second. Being able only to love remotely, she is certainly proficient in showing that love. Especially the ending shows a beautiful commitment only motherly love could offer. A pleasant watch!