Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 15, 1946

Devotion (Warner) is a three-year-old strip of damp bark off Warners' wartime backlog. Actually rather better than the average movie, it only looks worse because 1) it is so self-consciously serious, 2) it turns a good movie subject into a peculiarly lifeless romance. The highly romantic subject: the lives & loves—particularly the loves—of the Brontë sisters.

To judge by the film, the sisters were rather like Little Women on an overcast day. Father Brontë (Montagu Love), though a grouch, was not really a bad old sort. Emily (Ida Lupino) found stimulation in a...

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