Gorgeous? Well, the costumes are.
I'll bet Joan Crawford just jumped at the chance to 1) appear in a 'period' picture with 2) the words 'gorgeous' and 'hussy' in the title. "That's me!" she thought, lol. This snoozefest sort-of American History Course is enlivened by bits from Beulah Bondi, James Stewart, Franchot Tone, and (if you like him) lots of folksy drawling by Lionel Barrymore. In the center - Ms. Crawford, acting acting acting. Dressed in the most eye-popping, enormous, frou-frou gowns and hats I have seen in decades of old movies. She does look gorgeous. One can only speculate on the cost of all those yards and yards of fabric, and the elaborate hairdo and the makeup. Stunning costumes, boring movie, miscast Joan Crawford. It goes on far too long, but it's worth a look.share