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And One Was Beautiful(1940)

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The "one" in the title is scintillating social climber Helen (Jean Muir) and not her shrinking violet sister Kate (Laraine Day, taking a break from her many Dr. Kildare movies), but when Helen wants to dodge social engagements, Kate's not adverse to going to a party in her stead. That's where dashing young man Ridley (Robert Cummings, on loan from Universal for his first top billed role) comes into both of their lives. Based on a story written by proto-feminist poet and novelist Alice Duer Miller (whose work would also later inspire The White Cliffs Of Dover (1944)), the dilemma in this surprisingly progressive women's drama centers not only around "Which one will he choose?" but about the complex love-hate relationship between sisters, and how youthful decisions have life-long repercussions. Also starring Billie Burke in one of many featherweight older lady roles she was given in the decade after The Wizard Of Oz (1939).

By Violet LeVoit

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