Filmed during the period of time when Crawford was married to Franchot Tone (who plays the peasant Guilio, the postmaster who loves Anni at first sight), the movie is a bit slow in pace. Crawford is excellent as Anni, but it is rather hard to understand why Guilio remains interested in her while she repeatedly is nasty to him; just as it is equally hard to understand why Maddalena Monti (Lynne Carver) stays true to Rudi. We know early on he is a cad and philanderer. Why such a nice girl would stay with him is a mystery.
Much of our discussion focused on Robert Young. Though a good actor, he never really seemed to find his niche before he landed on TV. On the small screen he easily engaged the audience, whereas on the big screen he always seems overshadowed by his costars. Here too, Crawford and Tone are much more dynamic than Young. It is hard to understand, money withstanding, why Anni would feel anything for Rudi. Even as a skunk, he is rather banal.
Certainly worth a look for this wonderful cast. And be on the lookout for Mary Phillips as Maria, a former employee of Anni's dance hall who has found a better life as a maid in the resort; and for Dickie Moore as Guilio's young cousin Pietro. They add to the film immeasurably. You'll also get a chance to hear Crawford sing. Here is a clip:
It is also worth noting that the film was directed by Dorothy Arzner, the only female director of this period.