If you enjoy the Gainsborough studio melodramas of the 1940's you are certain to enjoy this film, as close to an "A" production as Butcher's could run to. The leading role (in which Phyllis Calvert would have been cast by Gainsborough) is taken charmingly by Dinah Sheridan, one of her relatively rare true starring roles. She does very well as nurse Shirley Yorke, and the story unfolds in flashback as she looks through a journal of her life story. The cad (I hesitate to call him a hero) is equally well acted by Derek Farr, in the role James Mason would undoubtedly have been cast.
The plot moves along at a good pace and it seems that in the space of her relatively short life Shirley has had to cope with more upset and trauma than most!! I won't spoil the film by going into the plot in detail, suffice to say, unlike the Gainsborough melodramas, this one does have a happy ending.
Quality is acceptable, I would imagine from a 16mm print, and there are a few jumps and odd bits of dialogue missed as a result, but considering the rarity of this film (as far as I know, never shown on British TV) it would be silly to quibble. There is an apology statement from Renown on the menu page of the DVD that the quality of the source material was not up to the usual standard which worried me initially but I can honestly say my enjoyment was not spoilt at all by the condition of the print.
Definitely recommended without any hesitation - this is a most entertaining melodrama of the old school!