A costume drama of morals and manners in Louisiana in the last century, THE TOY WIFE is much ado about nothing. Rainer (who was the only woman ever to win two consecutive Oscars) is a 16-year-old who has just come back to Louisiana after a trip to France. O'Neil, her sister, is engaged to
Douglas, while Young is courting Rainer. Rainer, however, is attracted to Douglas, despite Young's ardor. She steals Douglas away, marries him, they have a son, and she is ensconced in the task of supervising their plantation and being a mother. She is not up to it, however, and Douglas asks
O'Neil to help manage the slaves. Later, Rainer takes up again with Young and runs off wit...