Although the title is drawn from Allen's retrospective commentary of the period between 1918 and 1933, this has nothing to do with that scholarly work. It was a brilliant debut for Sullavan and she transcended the material. It was also the debut of Jimmy Butler, an excellent child actor
who would only do a couple of other films before passing away at an early age. Basically a BACK STREET-type film (it even had Boles in the male lead, the same man who had starred with Irene Dunne in that movie the year before), ONLY YESTERDAY was a very successful draw for Depression audiences and
established Sullavan as a star in her first movie. It's 1929 and the stock market is c...