And One Was Beautiful
|And One Was Beautiful|
|Directed by||Robert B. Sinclair|
|Produced by||Frederick Stephani|
|Written by||Alice Duer Miller (story)
Kathryn Scola (uncredited)
|Release dates||April 5, 1940|
|Running time||68-70 minutes|
And One Was Beautiful is a 1940 romantic drama film starring Robert Cummings, Laraine Day, and Jean Muir. It is based on the story of the same name by Alice Duer Miller. Two sisters are attracted to a rich playboy. One runs over and kills a man, and lets the playboy take the blame.
Helen is very determined not to go to a seemingly dull party at the Harridges’, so she sends her sister Kate instead. When Kate arrives at the party, she is introduced to the young handsome playboy Ridley Crane (Robert Cummings). They get along very well, and eventually end up spending the night together, talking about cars. Kate is instantly smitten by Ridley, but he is more interested in her beautiful and more glamorous sister.
The night after, Ridley gets drunk at a road house, and ultimately pass out. Helen is around and decides to help him out by driving his sports car home, with him in the passenger seat. She is not used to the roadster manual shift gear and while turning her attention from the road for a moment, she accidentally hits a bicyclist. The bicyclist dies from the hit, and Helen runs away from the scene in panic and leaves Ridley behind in the car. Ridley gets arrested for drunk driving and faces a manslaughter charge.
Helen is very upset when she comes back to the house, and Kate suspects that there is something wrong. Helen has stains on her driving gloves and she immediately starts burying a small package in the garden. Ridley comes by the next day and asks Helen for help with remembering what happened the night before.
Kate goes out into the garden and digs up the package, finding her sister’s shoe with a missing heel. Kate knows that a woman’s heel was found in Ridley’s sports car, so she confronts her sister with it. Helen denies driving the car and involvement in the accident. Kate goes on to tell Ridley about the evidence she has found in the garden, but when Ridley realizes that Helen was the driver, he takes the blame for the accident to protect her. He is sentenced to five years in prison. Kate blames her sister for this, and Helen marries a man she doesn’t love to get away from the accusations.
Kate struggles to get Ridley pardoned, and she also tries to comfort the family of the dead bicyclist. After a while Kate’s work seems to be successful, and a pardon seems to be possible. When Helen gets the news of the pardon, she decides to leave her new husband and tell everyone the truth about the accident. When Ridley is released from prison, Helen is outside waiting for him, but he rejects her to be with Kate instead.
- Robert Cummings as Ridley Crane
- Laraine Day as Kate Lattimer
- Jean Muir as Helen Lattimer
- Billie Burke as Mrs. Julia Lattimer
- Ann Morriss as Gertrude Hunter
- Esther Dale as Margaret
- Charles Waldron as Stephen Harridge
- Frank Milan as George Olcott
- Rand Brooks as Joe Havens
- Paul Stanton as Arthur Prince
- Ruth Tobey as Zillah Torrington
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