With Cecil B DeMill taking time off for illness, the substitute director introduces the stars, and their backgroun. A brain surgeon takes a phone call to return from his vacation. Elsewhere, a young lady, Judith, played by Barbara Stanwick, is involved in anaccident that involved horses. Her head injuries don’t seem to be getting any better.
The doc is insistent on leaving on his vacation, and even has his office closed up. A friend forces the meeting. After the bristly start, and sharing the important medical history the two melt a little towards each other. One thing is clear, her condition is a severe one. The strongwilled Judith bounces back, and is soon back to her horseback riding. No more headaches, and no more memory loss.
The two grow together, and Judith wants to make marriage plans, but when the doc is standoffish, she jumps to the conclusion that her brain injury is coming back, and she’ll die. Will she? Is her ordeal over with her head injury?
Though her condition remains unstable, he assures her it won’t be a terrible end, no headaches, no unsettling confusion, just a decline, but death is coming for her soon. Though she takes it Magnficently, she shuts out her friends and agonizes as she braves her ordeal alone. When the doc tries to turn a sympathetic ear, she tries to put him off. He tries to encourage her to live her life to the fullest, but all she wants is a pity party for herself as she tries to cope with her demise. I have to say, I can’t blame her, her short lifespan would certainly be hard to deal with.
Four months have past and Judith has tried to cramm as much life as she could into her few remaining weeks, wild partying, and heavy drinking, but nothing satisfies. Can anybody talk sense to her? The doctor is also feeling melancholie over her, and just when he feels he has lost her, she comes to see him.
The doctor expresses his love for her, but will she allow any happiness to shine in her life? When things doo seem to be getting brighter, Judith has sudden trouble with her eyesight, and wants to keep it a secret. They manage to get married, and the doc is steadily at her bedside, although she encourages him to carry on in his doctor duties. As her decline continues, the doc realizes how muchhe he loves her, and how much he feels robbed at her loss. Saying final goodbyes, Judith encourages him to keep on living so he can continue to help those others who have a chance at living.