MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 23,462 this week

Song o' My Heart (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  7 September 1930 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 103 users  
Reviews: 8 user

Broken hearts in Ireland. Sean is a great tenor, in semi-retirement, living in a village close to Mary, the woman he's always loved. Mary's aunt convinced her to marry a man for his money; ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (scenario and dialogue)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 524 titles
created 02 Mar 2013
 
a list of 8931 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 757 titles
created 22 Aug 2013
 
a list of 4926 titles
created 08 Nov 2013
 
a list of 222 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Song o' My Heart" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Song o' My Heart (1930)

Song o' My Heart (1930) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Song o' My Heart.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Liliom (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, Estelle Taylor
7th Heaven (1927)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After Nina Leeds finds out that insanity runs in her husband's family, she has a love child with a handsome doctor and lets her husband believes the child is his.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland
Bad Girl (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: James Dunn, Sally Eilers, Minna Gombell
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Laurent van Horn is the leader of a band of Dutch refugees on a ship seeking freedom in the Carolinas, when the ship is wrecked on the coast of Cartagene. governed by Don Juan Alvardo, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Paul Henreid, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak
Street Angel (1928)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Directors: Lynn Shores, Leslie Pearce
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Rita La Roy, Charles Byer
Lucky Star (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Young America (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Already in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. The druggist's wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Doris Kenyon, Ralph Bellamy
Green Light (1937)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A brilliant young surgeon takes the blame for a colleague when a botched surgery causes a patient's death and buries himself at a wilderness research facility.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Errol Flynn, Anita Louise, Margaret Lindsay
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Will Rogers, Irene Rich, Frank Albertson
Certificate: Passed Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An airplane carrying three Brits--Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern--crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, H.B. Warner
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John McCormack ...
...
Mary
...
Eileen
Tommy Clifford ...
Tad
John Garrick ...
Fergus
Effie Ellsler ...
Mona
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Peter
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Rafferty (as Farrell MacDonald)
Emily Fitzroy ...
Aunt Elizabeth
Edwin Schneider ...
Vincent
Andrés de Segurola ...
Guido
Edward Martindel ...
Fullerton
Edit

Storyline

Broken hearts in Ireland. Sean is a great tenor, in semi-retirement, living in a village close to Mary, the woman he's always loved. Mary's aunt convinced her to marry a man for his money; he's has recently deserted her, leaving her penniless. She and her two children, Eileen and Tad, move in with the selfish and austere aunt and are miserable. Eileen is falling in love with Fergus, a young man who's off to Dublin to seek his fortune. Sean is drawn out of retirement and goes on tour in America. At his first concert, he's nervous and out of sorts until the last song, when peace descends on him like a gift. What has happened, and can family life be set right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

song | village | tour | tenor | love | See All (39) »

Taglines:

YOUTH, LOVE AND COMEDY WOVEN INTO A WISTFUL ROMANCE BY THE GOLDEN VOICE OF JOHN McCORMACK (original one-sheet poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La canción de mi alma  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot simultaneously in the standard 35mm format, and Fox's 70mm Grandeur format, meaning that each sequence was shot twice. Only the 35mm version survives. The Grandeur version was never released, and all image and sound elements from it were lost in a 1937 fire at a Fox storage facility in Little Ferry, New Jersey. See more »

Quotes

Rafferty: Sure, Peter, the world lost a glorious voice when the heart of Sean o'Carolan was broken!
See more »

Soundtracks

A Fairy Story by the Fire
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Angela Campbell-MacInnes
Music by Oskar Merikanto
Sung by John McCormack
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Tenor Mercies
8 September 2009 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

SONG O MY HEART (Fox, 1930), directed by Frank Borzage, introduces Irish tenor John McCormack (1884-1945) to the motion picture screen. A legendary performer in his day, best known for his concert singing of opera and traditional Irish songs, the film also marked the debut of Maureen O'Sullivan (in her Janet Gaynor type head-dress) and farewell appearance of former silent screen star, Alice Joyce.

Set in a small Irish village, Sean O'Carolan (John McCormack), who gave up his singing career after losing Mary (Alice Joyce) to another but wealthier man some years ago, witnesses her return, along with her two children, Eileen (Maureen O'Sullivan) and Tad (Tommy Clifford). Mary, whose husband has deserted her, leaving the family penniless, is forced to take up residence in the home of her spinster Aunt Elizabeth Kennedy (Emily Fitzroy), the one responsible for her forced, loveless marriage. Eileen finds herself falling through the same situation through Aunt Elizabeth's interference with her romance to Fergus O'Donnell (John Garrick). As for Sean, he finally accepts an offer concert singing in New York from impresario Dennis Fullerton (Edward Martindel). Performing to a full house accompanied by his friend, Vincent Glennon (Edward Schneider) at the piano, Sean's success leads to a world tour. After receiving notice via telegram of Mary's death, Sean is now left with the decision whether to go on with his singing career or return home to obligate Mary's request by going against the strong-willed Elizabeth and caring for her children.

Unlike most movie musicals of the early sound era, SONG O MY HEART contains no dancing, no smiling chorines or any vocalizing from its supporting principal players. All the songs are recited by its star attraction, John McCormack. The selected songs include: "Then You'll Remember Me," "A Fairy Story by the Fire," "Just for Today," "I Feel You Near Me," "Will You Marry Me, Kitty My Love," "Rose of Tralee," "Rose of Tralee" (reprize); "Luoghi Sereny E Cari," "The Little Blue Boy," "Plaisir D'Amor," "All Mein Ged Anlen," "Mother Ireland" and "A Pair of Blue Eyes." Of the 13 or so presented, "A Fairy Story" stands out as one where McCormack sings to the gathering of happy children. For the concert sequence, lasting close to 20 minutes, there's only one breakaway during McCormack's singing, that with "The Little Blue Boy" as this sequence fades to visual of a little boy (Wally Albright) playing with his stuffed dog and toy soldiers, then heading for bed where the "Angels take him to heaven," concluding with the vision of these abandoned toys covered hauntingly by cobwebs. "A Pair of Blue Eyes," one of its finest tunes, is carried over through the exit music fadeout.

Under Borzage's direction, SONG O MY HEART gives the impression of a John Ford movie, especially the Irish village scenes with Ford stock players, J. Farrell MacDonald and J.M. Kerrigan as Dan Rafferty and Peter Conlon, playing friendly rivals doing their comic-style exchanges. Tommy Collins, the youngest member, about 11 or so, offers some childish pranks tricking his friend, Aloysius McGonigan (Raymond Borzage) to some fun and games leaving him with some bruises and exposed bandage marks. Also in the cast are Effie Ellsler (Mona); Andres De Segurla (Guido) and Mary Gordon in a brief bit as one of the villagers.

Regardless of McCormack's physical burly appearance, his singing (sounding close to the style of John Boles) with elegance and grace, is easy to see why he was so successful, he never starred in another motion picture again. In spite of his popularity, Hollywood never attempted a biographical musical based on his life in the tradition of THE JOLSON STORY (1946) to carry McCormack name to future generations, though in some ways, SONG O MY HEART comes close to it. McCormack did, however, appear on screen again, in WINGS IN THE MORNING (20th-Fox, 1937) starring Annabella and Henry Fonda. Contributing to a small role, McCormack, playing himself, sings four beautiful songs, including "Those Endearing Young Charms." 

Unseen since its initial release, SONG O MY HEART began circulating again in revival theaters after its rediscovery in the 1970s. Availability on video cassette became a reality in the 1990s, and DVD through 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment in 2008 as part of its Frank Borzage collection. The DVD contains an added bonus, a synchronized version with original underscoring and singing sequences. The part-talkie is not only three minutes longer (90 minutes) to the all-talking feature (87 minutes), but is, in many ways, better. The legend of McCormack, captured on film, may be of little or no interest today due to the passing of time and new celebrity interests, but is overall a worthy offering and a very rare find indeed, especially for a St. Patrick's Day film festival. (***)    


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Song o' My Heart (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?