What might have been a trite soap opera is elevated to the status of superior emotional drama by a wise script, sensitive direction, and an Oscar-winning performance by de Havilland, her first and the first for an actress at Paramount. Covering 27 years in the life and times of a woman who
loved neither wisely nor well, it begins during the blitz on London. Middle-aged de Havilland is an air raid warden and marches her beat with confidante Culver, a peer of the realm and another warden. When she learns that a handsome US pilot, Lund, is in town, her thoughts flash back to an earlier
time in her life, when her love affair with a dashing pilot (also played by Lund) r...