Mrs Parkington is a successful picture from any angle. Film version of Louis Bromfield's novel is an absorbing and warmful presentation of the history of an American empire builder. With Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon topping a strong cast of competent performers, there's a smooth-flowing script despite the extended running time.
Story covers period from 1875 to 1938, with modern portion allowing for frequent flashbacks through the years. Garson is presented at opening as the grand old lady and head of the family and its huge fortune. Her brood of indolent, selfish and generally worthless grandchildren is a collection of strange characters; only sane one is great-grandchild Frances Rafferty, in love with a penniless engineer.
Critical situation, calling for pledging the family fortune to save stock-manipulator Edward Arnold from jail and disgrace of the family, is resolutely handled by the wise old lady. After establishing the family crisis, history of the founder of the fortune, Walter Pidgeon, is developed via series of numerous extended flashbacks as reminiscences of the old lady.
M-G-M). Director Tay Garnett; Producer Leon Gordon; Screenplay Robert Thoeren, Polly James; Camera Joseph Ruttenberg; Editor George Boemler; Music Bronislau Kaper; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell
from VARIETY 1944