If you're in the mood for a soap opera on film, I've got one for you: The Right to Romance, starring Ann Harding and Robert Young. Ann Harding plays a plastic surgeon, Dr. Peggy Simmons. Talk about ahead of her time - her character's strength is a nice change of pace. Dr. Simmons is hounded by wealthy female patients wanting to recapture their youth (and by referring physicians!). She excels at making women beautiful with the scalpel. She's so well known that she's on the edge of burnout and just wants to escape for a while, to be a female - to have the right to romance.
Escaping a few days to the seacoast, she catches the eye of a somewhat reckless flyer, Bobby Preble, played by Robert Young. They get married a few days later, but marriage becomes a bore for Bobby after a short period of time. Bobby gets caught cheating with his ex girlfriend in their own home. You really want to slug Bob after watching this film.
Here's where it get soap opera-like. Bobby and the ex go flying and crash. Bobby is fine but the girlfriend is scarred. It's up to Dr. Simmons to reconstruct her face so she can be beautiful again for Bobby. Oh the pressure!
Clip and snip there and everyone's fine. Dr. Peggy realizes her true love was always under her nose - make that down the hospital hall - with researcher Dr. "Heppie" Heppling, played by Nils Asther. Nils and Ann are a pleasure to watch in this film.
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