Young Widow


Joan Kenwood, whose husband Barry was killed during the war, returns home to New York from England. She is met at the dock by her old friend, Peter Waring, the managing editor of the newspaper for which both she and Barry worked. Peter offers Joan her old job, but she turns him down and instead stays with her two aunts on their Virginia farm. Still haunted by memories of Barry, Joan decides to return to New York. On the train, young lieutenant Jim Cameron makes a pass at her, but Joan rebuffs him. In New York, Joan stays with her friend, Peg Martin, whose husband Bill is on a submarine in the South Pacific. Peg also shares her apartment with Mac, a man-crazy show girl who has just returned from entertaining the troops. By accident, Jim learns where Joan is staying, and drops by the apartment along with a number of other sailors and soldiers invited by Mac. Later, everyone goes out to a caf?. While Jim and Joan are dancing, Barry's favorite song is played, and a distraught Joan leaves the caf?. Jim follows and takes her home. When he bluntly suggests that she get over the man she is in love with, Joan explains that the man is her husband, who was killed over Berlin. Ashamed, Jim returns to his base. The next day, as Joan is leaving the apartment, she encounters a remorseful Jim. After she accepts his apology, Jim accompanies her to the subway. While waiting for the train, Jim saves the life of a woman who falls on the tracks. Joan's reporter instincts take over, and she writes the story for the paper. Delighted, Peter promptly puts her on the payroll. The following week, Joan invites Jim and some other friends to the apartment for dinner. Among the guests is an engaged couple, Bob Johnson and Gerry Taylor. Bob is about to join the Army, and Gerry, who is afraid of becoming a widow, wants to break their engagement. Joan persuades her not to desert Bob, but to marry him so that he will have something to come home to. Some time later, Jim receives a telegram ordering him to report for cholera shots. That night he proposes to Joan, but Joan, who is not yet over Barry's death, sadly replies that she will never love him. A few days later, Bill returns, having lost a leg in the war, and moved by seeing him with Peg, Joan decides to tell Jim that she will wait for him. Peter drives her to the airfield, but before they arrive, Jim's plane takes off for the Pacific. Although she realizes that she is not really ready for a new relationship, Joan knows in her heart that when she is ready, Jim will return to her.