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None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  17 October 1944 (USA)
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When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.

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A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities. Written by Anonymous

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According to a 1947 "New York Times" article, Lela E. Rogers, the mother of Ginger Rogers, denounced the script at a committee hearing of HUAC (House Committee on Un-American Activities) as a "perfect example of the propaganda that Communists like to inject" and accused Clifford Odets of being a Communist. Rogers cited the line spoken by "Ernie" to his mother, "You're not going to get me to work here and squeeze pennies out of little people who are poorer than I am," as an example of Communist propaganda. Hanns Eisler, who was nominated for an Academy Award for composing the film's score, was also interrogated by HUAC and was designated as an unfriendly witness for his refusal to cooperate. See more »

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As Cary Grant and Barry Fitzgerald part at the end of the movie you can here a flute playing a slow sorrowful dirge. There is a flutist leaning against the wall and it appears that he should be the one playing, however, his finger movements are more along the lines of a fast jig than a slow dirge. See more »

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Ernie Mott: They say money talks... all it's ever said to me is goodbye.
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Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Played by Jane Wyatt on cello
Played by Cary Grant on piano
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A solid, engaging drama with amazing performances from the whole cast. I dare say one of Grant's greatest performances.
19 July 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie by chance. Did not think I would be interested in seeing Cary Grant as a lower class good for nothing but was gradually riveted by the story and character development. The mother was amazing. Cary was amazing, in one of his most acting type acting jobs I've every seen. What I mean is, he's always playing the suave type and this was very different, much more serious and nuanced and he was very good at it. Also the dialog was really engaging, entertaining, full of little cockney(I guess it was cockney)sayings and rhymes. The watch maker/repair man was one of my favorite characters. All the actors in this were splendid and well directed. The ending bitter sweet and different. I was constantly thinking that I had guessed the outcome but was continually surprised with each little turn of the story. The two different women that have his romantic interest are both fascinating and diametrically opposed which creates a subtle suspense that underlies the other more dramatic events of the film. The dialog was really good. Some of the lines are so impacting, I think they'll stay with me for a long time. At one point,a friend informs Cary about his mother's illness and Cary asks him about it. The man replies: "Your mother is not a superficial woman." thus implying the illness is very serious.

Highly recommend this film. BUT it's not your typical funny or adventurous Cary Grant film. It's a serious and touching portrait of a man trying to do the right thing(and the unselfish thing) for the first time in his life. So be ready for a real drama(a bit more modern in feel next to other contemporary dramas). A well made drama.


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