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Classic film where leads play actors that lose touch and when they reconnect the daughter is mistaken for mother.....

The film is an old classic film and I cannot recall the actors but the plot is as follows:

the lead male and female play actors that were in love in their youth and somehow got separated as the years went on. The man searched for her for years. When he thinks he as found her it is actually her daughter. The mother is embarrassed because she did not age very well and so the daughter meets with him. The only other point I can remember is that she always wore gloves when meeting him.

It is a black and white film and I think it would be around 1940's.
asked Sep 17, 2015 in Name That Movie by cherroxi (42 points)
edited Sep 29, 2015 by cherroxi
How old is the movie? Was it in english, originally? In color or black and white?
English language. Black and White. I would estimate it is around the 1940's era.
Are you sure it's '40's B&W? Because almost all the plot details sound straight out of Billy Wilder's FEDORA from 1978 - the separated actors, the daughter impersonation, wearing gloves (to disguise her youthful hands). It's been a long time since I saw it, but maybe there was a B&W sequence of the actors in their youth?
Okay so I checked out Fedora and sent it through to my friend that has been trying to find this film for years and she says the synopsis is exactly right but she remembers it being far more elegant and she thought black and white (perhaps this one is a remake of an earlier film?). She is a dressmaker and loved the film for the amazing glamorous fashion in some of the scenes. Thank you for this though - I will watch fedora soon in case there is a b&w scene but will keep searching just in case there is another earlier film out there with the same or similar storyline.