Seed. 1931. USA. Directed by John M. Stahl. 96 min.
John M. Stahl, already a veteran director by 1931 (and with Leave Her to Heaven 14 years in his future), joined Universal when his own independent company went bankrupt. Seed became the first in an informal trilogy of mature, morally ambivalent films about adultery (along with Back Street and Only Yesterday, also in this series). John Boles, an ambitious young writer, is frustrated in his career by his need to support his wife (Lois Wilson) and five children. But an old flame (Genevieve Tobin), now a literary agent, reappears with a plan in mind.