Garbo talks. A fascinating cast and a convincingly murky atmosphere help overcome the primitive sound techniques that plague this stagy, somewhat preciously presented adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's famous if overrated play (first filmed in 1923 with Blanche Sweet and William Russell).
Garbo, the cinema's great silent sphinx, who first spoke in this film, plays the title role, a woman who flees the mean-spirited farm family her sailor father left her with and ends up a prostitute. Renouncing her profession, Garbo returns to her father (George F. Marion Sr.), living on a
broken-down barge as the film opens. During a storm Garbo and Marion rescue an Irish sailor (Bick...