Lisa (Jane Bryan) finds herself being forcefully wooed by Michael Michailow (Basil Rathbone), a concert pianist many years her senior. In a nightclub, she finally succumbs to a kiss, and the sight causes the cabaret singer, Vera Kowalska (Kay Francis), to faint. As Michael attempts to beat a hasty retreat, Vera shoots him. When Vera has her day in court, she initially refuses to testify. But eventually her reason for pulling the trigger – and the mystery of Michael’s identity – is revealed.
Director: Joe May
Cast: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Jane Bryan, Donald Crisp, Mary Maguire, Dorothy Peterson, Laura Hope Crews, Robert Barrat, Ben Welden, Veda Ann Borg, Joan Valerie, Sam Ash, Dawn Bender, Symona Boniface, Maurice Brierre, Maurice Cass, Glen Cavender, Lane Chandler, Jack Chefe, Gennaro Curci, John Davidson, Don Downen, Jack George, Jody Gilbert, Lawrence Grant, Alan Gregg, Herbert Heywood, Leyland Hodgson, Stuart Holmes
Lisa Koslov, a young and innocent music Warsaw student, is seeing her mother, Mrs. Koslov, off at the train station when an elegant man offers her two tickets to a concert. She attends the performance and discovers that the mysterious stranger is the great pianist, Michael Michailow. Lisa is frightened by his worldliness but is flattered by his attention and agrees to dine with him. At a sophisticated restaurant, they are seen together from the stage by the chanteuse, Vera Kowalska. Driven by some unspoken passion, she shoots and kills Michael. On trial, Vera refuses to reveal her motivation, but when Michael’s suitcase is introduced as evidence, she begs the court to hear her story before they examine it. She explains that she was once married to Leonide Kirow and was devoted to him and their child. While he was away at war, she attended a ball where she encountered Michael, who had been her conductor when she was a well-known opera singer before her marriage. Although Vera refused his advances, he persisted, and intoxicated, she spent the night with him. Leonide returned home wounded, discovered the situation and divorced her, taking custody of their child. Leonide changed his name, remarried and died, after which his widow reared Vera’s child. The night Michael was shot, Vera confesses, she recognized that he was planning to seduce her daughter. Vera begs the judge not to make her confession public and to protect Lisa’s reputation. The court concludes that Vera’s actions were justified, and her sentence is minimal.
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC | 4:3 | 720×480 | 6600 kbps | 4.5Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps
01:27:00 | USA | Crime, Drama, Romance
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