After her husband dies in a fire, a woman is left to tend for her young son and the family farm on her own. Soon, she takes in a drifting handyman, they fall in love, and a resentment begins to build between the son and his new "step-father" who treats the boy harshly on purpose.
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The scenery is lovely and well shot. I always tend to like Susan Hayward's acting. This, however, is a film that mostly belongs to Stephen Boyd. The film fails to leave a good taste. Boyd's character is hot tempered and physically abusive to Hayward and her son. He mocks the son as being girlish, and fights with everyone. So why does the filmmakers what the audience to cheer this couple on, so they will stay together? It just doesn't work in today's world, and it should work for the world of 1959 either.
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