synopsis: long-time maid marries the family's widowed father... with consequences.
a bit of a comedy, there's plenty of exaggerated acting in this from star, Marie Dressler, partly given to her making the transition from silent films to talkies. but this is a story of a woman who does everything "right" to no avail. she works hard, takes no time for herself, dedicates her life to nurturing a family with four children, and wants for nothing outside of her humble existence. the minute she's offered anything nice by the widowed father she works for, his children object as if she spent thirty years taking care of them like some sort of long-con gold-digger.
reason to watch: throughout the 30s and 40s black women were often cast as the homely maids/nannies looking after the family. it's fascinating to see this story of unappreciated labor be told with a white woman as the lead. despite her lower class status, upward mobility through the men in her life were opportunities that black women did not get in movies at this time, no matter how much they worked or how integral they were to a family.
#wmnsmovies, inspired by Jeanine Basigner's A Woman's View, is an informal collection of posts highlighting women-centered films from the golden age of Hollywood. watch women strike out on their own, suffer from the actions of foolish men around them, and face the consequences of believing their lives were their own.
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