On a dreary, cold and snowy day in a small town in 1919 Indiana, a peddler named Hannah Parmalee (Bainter) appears at the door of a kind couple, Paul Ward (Rains) and his wife, Marcia (Johnson), selling apple peelers. Asked by Mrs. Ward to come inside and warm up, Hannah sees they are struggling financially and are in need of some domestic help. She offers her services and becomes their cook and housekeeper for room and board.
|author||Lenore J. Coffee|
|keywords||adopt adoptive parents baby biological parents chicago crush force icebox indiana legitimacy motherly instinct new baby out of wedlock peddler pneumonia puppy love room and board science teacher small town struggle turn the other cheek turning the other cheek young man|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress|
|producer||Hal B. Wallis Henry Blanke|