Itinerant ne’er-do-well Ernie Mott is entrenched in his skid-row lifestyle. But when he learns that his mother is terminally ill, he returns home to eschew a life of crime and change his ways. Ethel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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3.5 stars. This film should be better known. It's gloomy, yes, but the atmosphere is so rich and the characters are so vivid. Odets had talent to burn. I have loved June Duprez since "The Thief of Bagdad." She has an unusual erotic quality, like Zita Johann, another forgotten beauty. And there is Ethel Barrymore's magnificence.