Short, yet very effective!...It's pretty amazing how much story is packed into little over an hour. I read somewhere that this was Dvorak's finest performance...if it's not, then I'm definitely interested in seeing more of her work. She gave a very realistic turn as a woman fallen from grace and boy, what a shocking finale that was! This film is a forgotten gem and one of my favorites from pre-Code Hollywood.
An interesting Pre-Code of the descent into squalor and drug addiction variety, so no amusing quips here. Dvorak's performance starts a little wooden, but her subsequent realistic portrayal of a woman who has made bad decisions but who still cares is indeed wonderful. The ending is exceptionally brutal for a 30s film.
Great movie. Starts out one way then it goes another way by the end but you're fine with that because the direction is handled beautifully and all the actors are great especially Ann Dvorak who looks almost like a different person by the end of the movie. Very self righteous film and yet there's also a fascinating unrelenting seedy side to the picture that balances out the film nicely.