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Director:
Writers:
Clifford Odets (written for the screen by)
Richard Llewellyn (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
17 October 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
:"Black as the Ace I am!" (original poster) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Perils of Typecasting See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Ernie Mott

Ethel Barrymore ... Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)

Barry Fitzgerald ... Henry Twite

June Duprez ... Ada Brantline

Jane Wyatt ... Aggie Hunter
George Coulouris ... Jim Mordinoy
Dan Duryea ... Lew Tate
Roman Bohnen ... Dad Pettyjohn
Konstantin Shayne ... Ike Weber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katherine Allen ... Millie Wilson (uncredited)
William Ambler ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
George Atkinson ... Man with Gramophone (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Ma Floom (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Cockney Bum (uncredited)
Rosemary Blong ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Drunk in Funfair (uncredited)
Marina Bohnen ... Girl (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... First Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Eva Leonard Boyne ... Ma Chalmers (uncredited)
William Challee ... Knocker Jones (uncredited)
Robin Sanders Clark ... Bit Part (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Policeman with Stripes (uncredited)
Marie De Becker ... Madam La Vaka (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Marcel Dill ... Percy (uncredited)
Diane Dyer ... Ada's Baby (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Second Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Ma Segwiss (uncredited)
Lita Gordon ... Girl (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Old Woman in Shop (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Man Walking into 'Funfare' (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Drunk (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Shooting Galley Proprietor (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Dad Fitchitt (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Roly Poly Man (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Policeman at Crash Site (uncredited)
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Clara Tate (uncredited)
Jack Jackson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Policeman Outside (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Lou 'Slush' Atley (uncredited)
Rosemary La Planche ... Dancer (uncredited)
Morton Lowry ... Taz Jones (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chef Milani ... Rossi (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Henchman (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Old Man (uncredited)
William O'Leary ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Elsie Prescott ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Henchman (uncredited)
Renie Riano ... Flo (uncredited)
Amelia Romano ... Lame Girl (uncredited)
Nancy Russell ... Girl (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Cell Block Policeman (uncredited)
Ernest Shields ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ida Shoemaker ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Art Smith ... Mr. Marjoriebanks (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Pa Floom (uncredited)
Helene Thimig ... Sister Nurse (uncredited)
Roy Thomas ... Rookie Policeman (uncredited)
Charles S. Thompson ... Defeated Man (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Diedra Vale ... Miss Tate (uncredited)
Queenie Vassar ... Mrs. Jane Snowden (uncredited)
Clare Verdera ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Joseph Vitale ... 'Cosh' Simmons (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... Ike Lesser (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Blind Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Clifford Odets 
 
Writing credits
Clifford Odets (written for the screen by)

Richard Llewellyn (from the novel by)

Produced by
David Hempstead .... producer
Sherman Todd .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Hanns Eisler 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Production Design by
Mordecai Gorelik 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lloyd Richards .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
Lynn Shores .... director: action footage (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... rerecording (as James G.Stewart)
Richard Van Hessen .... recorded by
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Edith Conrad .... stand-in: Ethel Barrymore (uncredited)
Barbara Gray .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-7 (2004) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1997) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10039) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 3, 1946 with Ethel Barrymore and June Duprez reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ernie is carrying Aggie's cello, the angle at which he holds the cello changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Ernie Mott:They say money talks... all it's ever said to me is goodbye.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Westminster QuartersSee more »

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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The Perils of Typecasting, 9 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cary Grant wanted to do something different than being a comedic or romantic leading man. He'd have liked to do more serious things like None But the Lonely Heart a good deal more frequently.

In point of fact Grant understood the character of Ernie Mott far better than any of his other more upper class characters. Ernie Mott was the kind of fellow Cary would have run into back in the days when he was Archie Leach. Grant came from a hardscrabble background growing up in London. In many ways Cary Grant was the greatest role he ever played.

Grant had played cockneys before on the screen, but in a more comic vein in Sylvia Scarlett and Gunga Din. However what we've got in None But the Lonely Heart is far more serious.

It's an original screenplay by Clifford Odets and adapted from a novel by Richard Llewellyn who also wrote How Green Was My Valley. Odets was at that time a sensation on Broadway with a whole string of dramas of social significance from the Thirties. The grinding effects of poverty are just about the same whether it's the Lower East Side of New York or the cockney slums of London. Odets also directed this film, one of only two times he did that.

Grant understood that very well and he turned in one bravura performance as Ernie Mott who wants desperately to get ahead and makes a few bad choices in trying to do so. The only one who understands him is his mother played by Ethel Barrymore who returned to the screen for the first time in a decade.

It was a great performance for Cary Grant and it lost a fortune for RKO Studios as the public as Sam Goldwyn said, stayed away in droves. They would not accept Grant in a dramatic part. Cary got his second and last nomination for Best Actor, but lost the Academy Award to Bing Crosby in Going My Way.

Ethel Barrymore won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year for this film. It led to a permanent break from the stage and she spent the rest of her life in Hollywood in a variety of films. Unlike brother Lionel she wasn't tied down to a long term contract to one studio and she picked and chose wisely in roles when she stayed in Hollywood.

George Coulouris is the best from the rest of the cast as a small time racketeer in the neighborhood who Grant gets mixed up with. Coulouris always exudes menace, one of the best in doing that.

What happened to Cary Grant is the same thing that happened to Tyrone Power when he appeared in Nightmare Alley, great critical reviews and the public wouldn't buy it. Both of those guys were limited by type casting their entire careers. Power did manage to do Witness for the Prosecution at the premature end of his career, the closest Grant did to a dramatic part after this was Crisis which also was a commercial flop.

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