Carol Morgan (Tallulah Bankhead) is an heiress who doesn't want to give up her own income following marriage to Bill Wade (Robert Montgomery). He's adamant that they live on his smaller salary, but she refuses and breaks their engagement. Shortly afterwards, Carol discovers that her own fortune is now nonexistent due to the current Depression. Bill has also lost his job when the company he works for goes bankrupt. Carol and Bill find one another again when they are both very poor, realize that they still love one another, and decide to get married at last. The two struggle along as best they can, with Bill taking whatever work he can find. When Bill is gravely injured on the first day of his new job, Carol makes a desperate choice to save his life.
I was so excited to see Faithless! I've recently started to like Tallulah Bankhead, and I've also been trying to watch more of Robert Montgomery's films as well.
This was actually a lot darker than I expected it to be. Carol and Bill had such comfortable lives in the very beginning, and then fell so sharply into poverty. So much of the plot dealt with their difficulties of being broke and trying to find work, and that was really quite depressing at times because one couldn't help but feel sad for them.
But it was great to see that Carol and Bill's romance, as well as the changes their characters went through during their life-altering situations, showed their love and determination even in hard times.
One of the best parts about this pre-code's storyline is the ending. Once Bill finds out what Carol has done to save him, he's grateful to her. He fully realizes Carol's sacrifice, urges her to stay with him, and it's implied that their love and marriage is going to stay strong and life will get better for them.
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