Garson and Pidgeon in a movie whose title even has the same number of syllables as Miniver.
An aged Garson presides over a family reminiscent of the group of heirs Robert Keith was saddled with in the Ida Lupino directed Twilight Zone episode The Masks, though perhaps the creepiest thing about the Parkington clan was Edward Arnold calling Greer Garson "Granny" throughout.
Anyway, the strength of the story, connecting the financial corruption of the present, are the flashbacks depicting Garson's romance with Major Parkington, a mustachioed Walter Pidgeon.
The highlight of the film is the part leading into the creation of and the subsequent execution of Major Parkington's list. The list is the self-made Major's response to a society snubbing: crushing everyone who received an invitation leaving them penniless and driving some to suicide. Just the type of character I love to run across, though the Major has many more redeeming qualities shown mostly through his relationship with his wife.
Agnes Moorehead is good here, despite the accent, as the Major's ex-lover turned into Mrs. Parkington's society advisor.
In summary, nice period piece in the flashbacks, decent tale of corruption shown in the present day scenes. Garson's development from innocent country-girl to savvy head of a corporate family is tracked nicely through the intermingling of the pieces.
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