The touching McCullers novel is here capsulized in a less than rewarding film wherein Arkin plays a deaf mute who earns his living as a silversmith engraver. When his closest friend, McCann, another mute who is also retarded, is placed in a distant institution, Arkin moves to a small
town to be near him. He rents a room in the home of McGuire and Barrett, who need money since McGuire is unemployed and is recuperating with a broken hip. Locke, the family's teenage daughter, resents being moved from her room to make a space for Arkin. He later wins her over by interesting her in
classical music. Getting a job in the area, Arkin also befriends Keach, an alcoholic who ...