|1932 Ad from a mystery magazine|
The First Year is based on a play of the same name written by Frank Craven. It ran on Broadway for over 700 performances and the story was quite popular apparently. Having not seen the film and limited availability makes it difficult to get a plot for you all. Perhaps it doesn't survive? Or maybe one of those films that is sealed? It just doesn't seem to be anywhere. For a film based on a quite popular play it seems so odd to me that it basically has disappeared. If you know the whereabouts, by all means, let me know.
The plot appears to be this: Grace Livingston (Janet) marries Tommy Tucker (Charles) even though she lusts for another man because of his wealth and power. She becomes bored with her marriage and the honeymoon is definitely over. She tries to remake her husband into the kind of man she wants in order to gain the lifestyle she wants to live.
This definitely sounds like a film I would watch if I could find it. I adore 1930's films for the fact that many of them are basically stage plays performed in front of you. The character and the language are so important. No special effects - just amazing acting. Throw in some glamorous costumes and I'm completely hooked. I can't help hoping that Warner Archive (Basically my favorite film purchase site) will have a copy of this and put it out. As of now I'm adding it to my list of films that I probably will never see for various release or destruction issues.