An adaptation of the famous Dreiser tearjerker about a young woman (Jennifer Jones) who departs a jerkwater town for Chicago. On the train, she meets a traveling salesman played by Eddie Albert. The City of the Big Shoulders offers Jones no employment so she becomes Albert's mistress. They move in together and everything is fine until she meets Olivier, the manager of a swank restaurant, and falls in love with him. Olivier, in his best American accent, seduces Jones, steals $10,000 from his employer, leaves his family (Hopkins, Murphy, and Reynolds), and departs for the Big Apple with Jones. The theft is uncovered, and Olivier returns the money, putting the couple on poverty row. Jones leaves Olivier to pursue a career on the stage, and he disintegrates, reaching the depths of despair. Several years later, when she is now a huge success, Jones attempts to bring Olivier back from the brink. Critics were divided in their assessment of Olivier and Jones, but almost all agreed that the story was an old-fashioned one and not worthy of the talents involved. Olivier took his role after Cary Grant refused it (not that Olivier was that in love with the script, but he needed something to do while his wife, Vivien Leigh, was busy with A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE). In a small role as a nameless man, look hard for veteran Snub Pollard, the comedian with the droopy mustache who supported Harold Lloyd in so many one-reelers. Nominated for two Oscars: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design.