Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1932 • United States
Starring Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Warren William
Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, and Ann Dvorak star as three grammar school friends who remain close even as they grow into very different women in this pre-Code drama. Ten years after graduating, hardened Mary Keaton (Blondell) has spent time in prison and now works as a showgirl as she struggles for a shot at stardom; Ruth Wescott (Davis) holds down a job as a hardworking, level-headed secretary; and Vivian Revere Kirkwood (Ann Dvorak) has grown bored with motherhood and her marriage to a wealthy attorney. Now, when Vivian reveals that she is having an affair with would-be gangster Michael Loftus (Lyle Talbot), she accelerates a downward spiral into crime, cocaine, and kidnapping that can only end in tragedy.