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"Three Hearts For Julia" is another World War II on the home front romantic comedy. Jeff Seabrook is a war correspondent in the process of getting a divorce from his wife. His wife, a talented violinist, wants a more refined husband. She has two acceptable suitors and wants Jeff (who she considers her best friend) to help her to decide between them. David Torrance - orchestra producer and Philip Barrows - music critic. Meanwhile Julia gets fatherly advice from her conductor Anton Ottoway who has become good friends with Jeff. Written by
"Three Hearts for Julia" from 1943 was intended, I believe, to be a screwball comedy. It isn't. It isn't really a light comedy, either, as it's kind of heavy-handed for such a fluffy script.
It stars people who normally could pull off anything: Melvyn Douglas, Ann Sothern, Felix Bressart, Lee Bowman, and Reginald Owen. But you need a stronger script and a director with a flare for comedy.
This is a WW II story about a war correspondent, Jeff (Douglas) who is home at last, only to find his wife (Sothern) wants a divorce. She is a talented musician who is in a woman's orchestra and wants more out of life. He's away too much and preoccupied with his work.
She has two suitors who can't wait for her to be divorced. One is David Torrance, the orchestra's producer (Bowman), and Philip Barrows (Ainley), a music critic. Because she values his opinion, she asks Jeff to help her choose. Jeff has chosen - himself! Some mild humor and good music with one faux pas. The orchestra plays Wagner which during WWII in this country was verboten. So verboten that no Wagner was performed at the Metropolitan Opera and his music was removed from operatic aria compilations. Highly doubtful a European conductor (Felix Bressart) who was glad to be alive would have conducted it.
On the dull side, with good performances, but ultimately a disappointment.
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