Adam and Evalyne (1949): 3.5/5
I’m not sure exactly how many films were made in the classic Hollywood era with a “older man and younger woman fall in love” plot, but there seem to have been quite a few. Adam and Evelyne (also sometimes spelled ‘Evalyne’ or ‘Evalyn,’ if you’re trying to find the film) is one of these.
Adam (Stewart Granger) is a very suave professional gambler. Evelyne (Jean Simmons) is an orphan. Adam takes Evelyne in after her father – a friend of Adam – passes away. She leaves town for a while and comes back as a full-grown, beautiful young adult. Complications arise when Adam and Evelyne begin to fall in love with each other.
The plot of this film is certainly quite typical. It isn’t much different from any other of these many “older man” romantic films in terms of story action or plot twists. The fact that the older man was such close friends with the girl’s father is a bit unusual, but not unusual enough to set the film apart from others of its kind.
What does set the film apart is the great chemistry between Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, who were also married off-screen for ten years. They married the year after this film was released, and it’s no surprise that they took such a liking to each other.
Chemistry aside, the two also give wonderful performances. Jean is believable and lovable. Granger takes what could have been a very strange role and makes it charming.
The film’s dialogue is also a redeeming factor. It’s often witty, and on many occasions saves some of the more predictable scenes from taking the dreaded corny cliff plummet.
Overall, it’s a nice film with very solid performances and great chemistry between the two leads. It certainly isn’t the best “older man/younger woman” drama in existence, but it’s worth a watch.