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None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 1944 (USA)
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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Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)
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Henry Twite
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Jim Mordinoy
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Lew Tate
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Ike Weber
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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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...to three women who loved him he was King of Kings! (original poster) See more »

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Un desolado corazón  »

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Trivia

Author Richard Llewellyn was strongly opposed to the casting of Cary Grant, demanding to know how the 40-year-old actor could play a teenager. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Ernie visits his mother in prison, as he gets up to leave she is laying on the bed with her head all the way to her left. One second later as he walks away, her head is all the way to the right side of the pillow. 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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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Westminster Quarters
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Everything with a kiss
12 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This ernest turn at portraying Cockney life quickly becomes a fascinating story with strong characterisation. The initial narration, a touch overdone, gives a tantalising glance at future events that never appear in the film. At first, Grant seems to be playing his part with a strange over-zealous streak but we rapidly understand that this is the nature of his Ernie Mott (like Nic Cage in Wild at Heart, this is a man with clothes that represent his sense of independence), a happy-go-lucky character with a brooding sense of social injustice. Everything bad comes with a dose of sugar, a kiss if you like, to sweeten the experience and make life seem better than it really is. This is one of those pictures that plays out like a languishing soap opera - insightful and compassionate with moments of excitement - just enough to keep 'Ma' happy. This would probably work today as a remake but I suspect the directors would play up the sex and violence to such a level that the real essence of 'want and need' would be lost. Worth watching.


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