Gladys George received her only Oscar nomination for playing Carrie Snyder in Valiant Is The Word For Carrie.
Valiant is a standard, 30s melodrama that had to have been risky for it's time due to it's racy subject matter. The film is about Carrie, a prostitute who strikes a odd relationship with a young boy. She is ran out of town because the boy simply will not leave her alone and the grumpy little town is getting the wrong idea. The little boy ends up running away and finds her, and the two start a successful laundry business, and soon become rich, and also adopts the young boy and another young girl.
It's these middle scenes that really hurt her overall performance. The film becomes more of a focus on a trail, instead of Carrie, but when she does get to shine, Gladys George doesn't disappoint. She's a woman with morals now, and she doesn't want her unfriendly past to come back. So, it's George who is carrying this movie. She has a showy role that doesn't disappoint.
But, I don't want to overrate it, because sometimes bland "early" acting rears it head. Some sort of obvious fake grabbing at ones self (the same thing Luise Rainer did) or overdoing one's line readings, Gladys George falls victim to it. Still, her performance is reliant in how she approaches her early scenes, and those alone may overshadow the letdown of the rest of it.