Sarah and Son | Chicago Reader

Sarah and Son

Though Dorothy Arzner has been venerated in recent decades as a pioneering woman director in Hollywood, her work in this standard-issue 1930 tearjerker—about an opera singer's search for the son that her good-for-nothing husband put up for adoption—is nothing special. The kid's rich adoptive parents scheme to conceal his origins while treating him like a hothouse flower, which he hates. Ruth Chatterton exhibits moxie as the maternal diva, but her romance with a friendly lawyer (Fredric March) is flat and predictable and the ending, while not without excitement, is an unoriginal melodramatic contrivance. 76 min.

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