This is a classic of romance with Charles Boyer. The main hero gently court a young woman on a transatlantic ship on its way to New York. The trip ends with a rendez-vous at the top of the Empire State Building in three months for an instant wedding. But the lady has an accident on her way to the rendez-vous, at the very foot of the Empire State Building, and remains a cripple. She does not have her lover know about it. So he waits in vain, he goes back to France and then comes back to New York and he finally discovers the truth. So he visits her on Christmas day and this last scene is the sweet and sour French touch. He accuses himself to have missed the rendez-vous. She plays the game. He offers her a present that represents their first transtlantic journey and the broken promise, broken by him he says. Till the very last minute we do not know which one of the sweet or the sour will take over, love reconquered or a final departure. The ending of course is happy, but the art of the film is in all the nuances and subtleties of the dialogue and of the situations. Charles Boyer obviously brought a French touch to very common romance films in the thirties.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU