Janina Faye as Jean Carter doesn't even wait until the morning after to regret taking candy from a stranger.
Jean and Lucille got their candy (it wasn't very good, Jean complains later) from the elderly town patriarch, Old Mr. Olderberry (Felix Aylmer). His son, Clarence Jr., seems to have the town, if not the old man, under his thumb. The Carters don't know the score yet and want to prosecute Old Mr. O., but Junior makes it clear that he'll ruin anyone who dares besmirch the family's reputation. Bill Nagy comes on so strong and villainously as Junior that I wondered whether the character had an ulterior motive for keeping his father out of the rest home, but in this period reputation, on which his dominance of the town depends, was probably motive enough to bully people into submission. Lucille's dad, for instance, works at the Olderberry mill. He sends Lucille away to stay with relatives so she can't testify at the trial. The case depends on Jean's testimony, but a sharp lawyer (Niall MacGinniss) damages her credibility under cross-examination, and his establishment of reasonable doubt, along with the Carters' reluctance to subject their daughter to further emotional torture, lead to a hasty acquittal of the harmless-seeming old man.
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