Crawford and Gable were powerful attractions on their own and even more so together. Crawford is a blue-blouse worker at an Erie, Pennsylvania, factory that manufactures boxes. She dreams of a better life and therefore resists the marriage proposal of Ford, a fellow worker who adores
her. Ford is a nice enough guy but she doesn't love him and her aspirations are far beyond the constraints of the small town in which she lives and works. When a train breaks down at the local station, Crawford happens to be there and meets Gallagher, a Manhattan sharpie who tells her that she is
too beautiful and too hip to stay stuck in this burg. He gives her his card and asks her to look him up if she ever decides to get out of hicksville. She goes to New York on what must be deemed a gold-digging expedition and, through Gallagher, she meets Gable, a wealthy and successful lawyer.
Gable is married but separated and he hesitates divorcing his wife because he is thinking about running for office and the resultant publicity might hurt that goal. Gable and Crawford fall in love and she becomes his mistress, living in a posh Park Avenue apartment, wearing gorgeous clothes,
bedecked with jewels and now, having shed some of her small-town ways, she is assuming the role of a big-town sophisticate, a seemingly rich divorcee. What began as a matter of convenience has blossomed into love between Crawford and Gable but that's threatened when Ford shows up. He's now a
contractor and seeking Gable's okay on a paving contract. Gable is thinking about running for governor and when Ford asks Crawford to marry him, she tells Gable, who thinks that she might actually do it, if only to become an "honest woman." Gable has been kept from marrying Crawford by political
ally Conroy, who thinks it would be better if they kept her under wraps. Gable would rather have Crawford than the office of governor and he's willing to pass it by but she insists that he continue his aspirations and that she is going to marry Ford. (That's a ploy, of course, because she won't
stand in his way.) There's a huge political rally and someone asks about his relationship with Crawford. Gable is hard-pressed to answer, then Crawford, who is in attendance, stands and makes an impassioned speech on behalf of Gable. She says that she has walked out of his life and that he belongs
to the people now and can serve them with no entangling alliances. The audience is impressed by her words and she exits. Gable chases after her, catches her on the street, takes her in his arms, and says that whichever way the election goes, they must always be together. In the original play by
Selwyn, the male lead was much older and the ending was teary. For the sake of the moviegoing public, an upbeat finale was added and the role was more youthful to accommodate Gable. Crawford sings "How Long Can It Last?" in three languages.
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