Alice and I watch a lot of old movies together, and some are better than others. Of course the danger with films from the 30s, 40s or 50s especially is that the acting and storylines can seem very dated and clunky. While this can be avoided by seeking out trusted actors like Bette Davis or Marlon Brando, it's always satisfying to watch a movie that transcends the gap in years and stil holds up today. This was one of them, mainly due to George Stevens' exceptional directing - although the performances were also very good.
I'm a sucker for a melodrama when done well, and would heartily recommend this movie to anyone else of a similar persuasion.