Stanley Houghton's enduring 1912 stage play Hindle Wakes had already been twice adapted for the screen when this first talkie version was released in 1931. Belle Chrystal stars as Fanny Hawthorne, a Lancashire mill worker who gets more than she bargained for when taking her annual weekend holiday. After a chance meeting with mill-owner's son Alan Jeffcoate (John Stuart), Fanny spends a torridly romantic three days with him. But when he proposes, Fanny remembers her "place" and turns him down. Hoping to keep her weekend indiscretion secret from her parents, Fanny arranges for her best friend Mary (Ruth Peterson) to establish an alibi. The truth comes out when Mary is killed in an accident, and her parents begin making inquiries as to her whereabouts during that fateful holiday. Hindle Wakes was remade again in 1952 as Holiday Week.
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