That Brennan Girl. 1946. USA. Directed by Alfred Santell. Screenplay by Doris Anderson, based on the story by Adela Rogers St. Johns. Music by George Antheil. With James Dunn, Mona Freeman, William Marshall, June Duprez. DCP. 95 min.
Raised as a grifter by her single mother, a San Francisco girl (Mona Freeman, in the role that should have made her a star) learns to adjust her priorities when she is left a young war widow, with a child of her own to take care of. Unaccountably overlooked, this resonant, formally inventive film was the final work of the director Alfred Santell as well as the last leading role of Oscar-winner James Dunn.