A contrived melodrama adapted from a hit play, this film has Russell as the pseudointellectual mother, Hawkins as the unexpressive, intolerant, businessman father, Beymer as a mama's boy, and Gorman as the high-spirited daughter. This California family takes in a German refugee, Schell,
as a tutor who tries to become part of the family but sees himself rebuffed at every turn. Russell is flattered by what she mistakenly interprets as the young man's infatuation for her. When she realizes that Schell regards her as a mother figure, she is offended and shows it. Feeling increasingly
alienated, the German tries to take his life, an action whose impact on the family bri...