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Thursday Afternoon Films: “My Reputation” (1946)

Published: March 29, 2024; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 April 4, 2024    02:00 PM-04:00 PM EDT

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Thursday Afternoon Films: “My Reputation” (1946)

My Reputation is a 1946 American drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Warner Anderson. It is based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Clare Jaynes.

The film tells the story of Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck), a young widow who is ostracized by her small-town community for her romantic relationship with Major Scott Landis (Brent), a married man. Jessica is torn between her love for Scott and her desire to protect her reputation and the well-being of her two young sons.

My Reputation is a melodrama that explores themes of love, loss, and social conformity. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $4 million at the box office. Stanwyck’s performance was praised by critics, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

The film is notable for its frank (for its time) depiction of female sexuality and desire. Jessica is a complex and sympathetic character who is struggling to find happiness in a society that judges her harshly.

My Reputation is a well-made and entertaining film that still resonates with audiences today. It is a reminder that love and happiness are often elusive and that social conformity can come at a high price.

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