Cast & Crew
O. P. Heggie
When Julie Whitcomb, a French modiste known as "Mme. Julie," arrives at her New York boutique after a business trip to Paris, she is informed by John, her wealthy older husband, that her stepson Victor, whom she has never met, is arriving that day from Europe. At John's urgings, Julie agrees to attend Victor's homecoming dinner, which Doris, her disapproving stepdaughter, is planning. After John leaves the dress shop, Julie is visited by Paul Niles, a young man with whom she became infatuated on the boat from Europe. Although Julie tells him that she can no longer see him, Paul swears his unswerving love to her. That night, Julie nervously waits for the arrival of the globetrotting Victor, who, out of loyalty to his deceased mother, had cut off all communications with his father when he remarried. To her horror, Julie discovers that Victor and Paul are the same person. Overcome by the sight of Julie, Victor announces that he is leaving the country again, but John insists that he move back home. After the dinner, Julie, confused and guilt-ridden, asks her husband why he married her, but he self-consciously refuses to answer. The next day, while Julie lunches with Victor in an attempt to halt the affair, John, suddenly filled with renewed love for Julie, tells his board of directors that he is retiring and naming Victor as his successor. At a homecoming party, the suspicious Doris sees Victor and Julie engaged in an intimate conversation and writes an accusatory letter to John, who has since left for Washington, D.C. Before John's return, Victor begs Julie to sail away with him, and she agrees to meet him at the pier. When John shows up professing his love and revealing his plan to retire to a villa on the Riviera, however, Julie has a change of heart and gives up both Victor and her career. Filled with happiness and forgiveness, John tears up Doris' letter without reading it.
O. P. Heggie
The working and British release title of this film was Madame Julie. RKO also produced a French-language version, Le fils de l'autre. News items note that Mary Astor was first signed to play the role of "Julie." Film Daily adds Lita Chevret, Gunnis Davis and Valma Valentine to the cast of the English-language version, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. RKO borrowed Lester Vail from M-G-M for this production.