“I’m still rich — I’ve got my love for you!”
A poor country girl (Jennifer Jones) moves to the city of Chicago, where she ends up living with a man (Eddie Albert) who vaguely intends to marry her one day. When she falls in love with a wealthy gentleman (Laurence Olivier), Jones thinks her fortunes have changed — but she soon learns Olivier’s wife (Miriam Hopkins) is far from pleased with his affair, and will do what she can to ruin him financially.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Eddie Albert Films
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
- Jennifer Jones Films
- Laurence Olivier Films
- Love Triangle
- Miriam Hopkins
- William Wyler Films
William Wyler’s adaptation of Theodore Dreiser’s 1900 novel Sister Carrie is a lavish yet disappointing historical drama about the challenges of life as a working class woman in turn-of-the-century America.
The primary problem is that Jones’s character lacks the agency and ambition I recall being present in the novel: for most of the story, she seems to be simply reacting to forces beyond her control, and is presented as a pawn in the hands of deceptive men (and one resentful woman).
Olivier’s portrayal as George Hurstwood is more nuanced, yet we struggle to sympathize with him — especially as he, too, manipulates and lies to Carrie (Jones) simply to meet his own desires.
The production itself is nicely handled, with effective sets and cinematography, but film fanatics needn’t seek this one out.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Laurence Olivier as George Hurstwood
- Victor Milner’s cinematography
- Realistic sets
No, unless you’re a particular fan of Olivier or Jones.