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Ida Lupino, one of the few major Hollywood actresses to move from the sound stage to the director's chair in the 1940s and 1950s, helmed this story about a mother's obsessive drive to see her daughter succeed. Florence Farley (Sally Forrest) is a young woman with a tremendous gift as a tennis player, and her mother Milly (Claire Trevor) is determined to see Florence make the most of her talents. However, Milly's greatest concern isn't with her daughter's happiness or well-being, but with her own financial success, and when Milly begins interfering with Florence's romance with Gordon McKay (Robert Clarke), the daughter begins to rebel against her mother. Director Lupino and actor Robert Ryan both make cameo appearances as spectators at a tennis match. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Claire Trevor
as Milly Farley
Sally Forrest
as Florence Farley
Carleton Young
as Fletcher Locke
Robert Clarke
as Gordon McKay
Michael Cisney
as Miss Martin
Joseph Kearns
as J.R. Carpenter
William Irving
as Umpire
Marilyn Howard
William Irving
as Umpire


Ida Lupino
Collier Young
Archie J. Stout
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
William H. Ziegler
Jack Okey
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director