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Always in My Heart (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 14 March 1942 (USA)
After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his... See full summary »

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Victoria Scott
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After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his daughter Victoria, who doesn't recognize him, and encourages her musical abilities. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Sempre em Meu Coração  »

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Although Walter Huston had sung in his theater roles earlier, this was the first time he sang in a movie. See more »

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Mac sits down to work on the sticking keys on Mudge's piano and quickly proclaims it fixed. A moment later, Mudge sits down to try it out and there are clearly two keys that are stuck down. See more »

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Remade as Young at Heart (1954) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Played on piano by Kay Francis and sung by her, Frankie Thomas, Patti Hale,
Una O'Connor and Sidney Blackmer
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Warners in name only
15 January 2010 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Despite the Warners fanfare and Warners leading lady Kay Francis, it has influences of other studios. There's the multi-ethnic-music-making a la MGM; the also Metro-like mixing of highbrow and lowbrow music; the attempt to launch Gloria Warren as the studio's answer to Universal's Deanna Durbin (she's not bad, but she's not Deanna); "funny" musicians led by Borah Minevitch, sort of like RKO's Kay Kyser, or Spike Jones; and a melodramatic premise that would embarrass anybody. The small-California-town ambiance, with everybody nice to everybody, and smiling mailmen and ice cream men and such, is so dated it seems to belong to another planet. The plot, with Kay Francis planning to marry rich but unlikable Sidney Blackmer, then finding out that her convict husband Walter Huston is still alive and paroled, is absolutely ridiculous. And yet, and yet. Huston, one of the three or four best actors American movies ever had, underplays everything so beautifully that you're hooked. Watch him watch his unsuspecting kids who don't know he's their dad, or singing the appealing title song in that high, heart-tugging voice of his to his daughter, I got teary. The director pitches the emotions too high and cuts too rapidly (at times it approaches MTV pacing), and the ethnic stereotypes are grating--lots of "ot'sa fine" Italians, and just guess which harmonica player in Minevitch's band swings it hot. Not a good movie, and yet, thanks to Huston, and, to a lesser extent, the ladylike Francis (who sure knew how to wear a hat), I couldn't stop watching.


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