Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and is fired. This is the 1890s. Charles Drouet, a salesman she met on the train, comes to her rescue, invites her to dine at Fitzgerald's where the manager George Hurstwood sends over a bottle of champagne. Stay in Drouet's apartment. He will be on the road 10 days. When she leaves the apartment many months later -- on a train bound for New York -- her traveling companion is Hurstwood. Why is he in such a hurry?Written by
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The 2004 DVD version contain the deleted "flophouse" scene never seen by the audience in the US. This sequence was removed at the film release due to the political state of affairs in the US during this era. Chapter 16 contains that scene. See more »
In this adaptation of a Dreiser novel, a small-town girl in the 19th century goes to Chicago and becomes involved with a married man. Given the time in which it was made, the film is surprising frank in dealing with adultery. While it boasts fine cinematography, this is a rare misfire for Wyler, mainly due to an uninspiring script. After a good start, it turns into a soap opera that drags on far too long. Jones is well-cast in the title role while Olivier appears somewhat aloof as the married man who falls for her. Olivier's character is meant to be tragic but is pathetic instead. Albert turns in a fine performance as a smarmy traveling salesman who makes the move on Jones.
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