"In Love With Her Was Like Being in an Earthquake!"
Judge Cass Timberlane marries a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Virginia Marshland. A baby is stillborn and she turns more and more to attorney friend of of Cass' Brad Criley. While quarreling the Judge tells Virginia to stay with Brad, but when she becomes sick he brings her home.
Co-stars cat actor Cleo.
'Cass Timberlane' was Sinclair Lewis' best novel in a decade, after the alcohol haze that produced books like 'Work of Art' and 'The Prodigal Parents.' This novel was a departure for him: about a May-December romance/marriage between a 41-year-old judge and a 26-year-old 'new woman,' it had, dotted in its seemingly stolid tale, outbreaks of three-to-six page descriptions of various marriages, some good, some horrific.
When brought to the screen by MGM, of course all the darker edges of the film were pretty much sanded down. Even post-code, Warners or Paramount would have kept some of its darker aspects. The cast doesn't work, either. Tracy is too bucolic; Lana Turner is stretched way beyond her meager capabilities; Zachary Scott is serviceable. But the strength of the novel was its --quite successful-- depiction of a midwest city's community. Still worth watching, but the book is a deeper, and far wittier, read.
Solid performances of a watchable storyline
Unbelievable cast, most of them wasted in meaningless roles. Mary Astor has a few good lines. Josephine Hutchison is very good as a "nice" lady among vipers. The story based on Sinclair Lewis novel is pretty predictable and with Lana going through her usual motions it is not very engrossing. Zachary Scott is his usual cad and Tracy is an all too perfect human being. This should have been much better than it was.