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Vanessa, Her Love Story (1935)

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Adapted from the last of Hugh Walpole's "Herries Chronicles," Vanessa: Her Love Story is set in Victorian England. Vanessa (Helen Hayes) doesn't know it, but there's a strain of inherited insanity in the family of her husband Ellis (Otto Kruger). Disturbed by Ellis' bizarre behavior, poor Vanessa is all but forced to take a lover, handsome military officer Benjie (Robert Montgomery). Though both hero and heroine are punished for their transgressions, the film ends on a relatively happy note; the original novel's final chapters and tragic denouement are blithely ignored by scenarist Lenore J. Coffee. May Robson steals the show as Vanessa's centenarian grandma. Vanessa: Her Love Story represented Helen Hayes' last film work until her 1952 "comeback" in My Son John. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Helen Hayes
as Vanessa Paris
Robert Montgomery
as Benjamin Herries
Otto Kruger
as Ellis Herries
May Robson
as Madame Judith Paris
Jessie Ralph
as Lady Mullion
Lionel Belmore
as Leathwaite
Ethel Griffies
as Winifred Trent
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Vera Trent
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Leathwaite
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Helen Hayes's Vanessa was beautifully played with all her sensitive and level understanding.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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