This Sam Goldwyn "special" was based on the popular novel by Robert F. McLaughlin. The title character, played by Maxine Elliot, is limited to an extended dream sequence. The main story concerns banker, Elijah Bradshaw (Charles Dalton) whose blindsided religious fervor drives a wedge between himself and his daughter Elizabeth (Margaret Marsh). Only after suffering a nightmare does Bradshaw patch things up with Elizabeth. Though the Goldwyn publicity department bent over backward to treat The Eternal Magdalene with reverence, the trade press was a bit more flippant, printing photos of director Arthur Hopkins "trying to knead Maxine Elliot's beautiful face into the semblance of an expression."
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