Loosely based on the 1940s best-seller Fanny By Gaslight
, this English production waited four years for its US release. A tale of love, peddled passions, bastardy, and the clash of social classes at the turn of the century, the film has youthful, innocent Calvert in more perils than
Pauline, though of a different order. Calvert is the illegitimate child of a Member of Parliament; her foster parents keep a bordello. When her foster dad is killed by villain Mason, whose social standing protects him from prosecution for the crime, Calvert leaves the bawdyhouse of her childhood
to live with her real father. Deeply resented by her new stepmother and an object of ...