Synopsis by Janiss Garza
Although this drama tugged a little too insistently at the heartstrings, Billie Dove -- still a fresh star -- stands out as the crippled young orphan girl. She is left in an asylum by her mother (Irene Hunt), who can't afford to keep her. As the years pass, the girl forms a friendship with another orphan, a boy (Gareth Hughes), which grows into love as they become teens. By then, the mother is living a life of luxury (just how this happens is never explained), and she returns to the asylum. But she doesn't recognize her own daughter, so she adopts the boy instead. Later, the girl is taken in by an old street musician (Otto Lederer), who teaches her how to play the violin. One day she is hired to play a wedding, which turns out to be the wedding of her former sweetheart from the asylum. The girl eventually becomes a concert violinist and the boy, whose wife (Myrtle Lind) has died, finds her once again. Not only are the couple reunited, but the girl finds out the identity of her mother and is reunited with her, too. This picture was efficiently directed by W.S. Van Dyke -- he was still pretty new to the craft, but he would one day earn the nickname "One-Take Woody" for his speed in shooting films.
blindness [physical], institution, love, music, orphan, reunion, sweetheart, violinist