Struggling writer Nick Allen and socialite Olivia Van Tyne marry and live frugally because Nick refuses to compromise his writing to satisfy his publisher. However, when they have an unwanted child, he does become a "hack" writer to feed the baby, little Olivia, and he resents it. Three years later, little Olivia interferes too much in his work, so he finds his own apartment and eventually divorces Olivia, who then marries gentle and kindly Harry Ottendorf. Not seeing each other for six more years, Olivia and Nick accidentally meet in Lucerne, Switzerland, while she, Harry and little Olivia are on vacation, and Nick, now a famous author, is on tour promoting his new book. When Harry has to go back to the States on business, Nick tries to rekindle Olivia's flickering love, but she repels him. Later, Olivia finds that Nick has also booked a room on the ship going home so they can take the westward passage together. Olivia is torn between her loyalty to Harry and her burgeoning love for ...
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Did You Know?
Theatrical movie debut of Bonita Granville (Little Olivia Allen (age 10)). See more
Nick's telegram congratulating Olivia and Harry on their marriage is dated May 10 1928. Later scenes are supposed to take place six years later, despite the film having been released in 1932. See more
It isn't such a very good idea to look back, is it? When its all ended.
Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane
What'll I Do?
Music by Irving Berlin
Duet played by Laurence Olivier
and Ann Harding
on the piano See more