Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Babylon Revisited,” this romantic drama is set during post-WWII high society Paris. Writer and war veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) returns to the Left Bank to reminisce about his life after the liberation of the City of Lights.
There he meets wealthy American eccentric James Ellswirth (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughters, Marion (Donna Reed) and the beautiful but frivolous Helen (Elizabeth Taylor). Although Marion loves Charles, he marries Helen instead, and the two begin a family. Their happiness soon spirals into tragedy when Charles gives up writing but they continue to squander money recklessly on their fun-loving lifestyle.