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The Astonished Heart (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | March 1950 (UK)
The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Celia Johnson ...
Barbara Faber
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Dr. Christian Faber (as Noel Coward)
Margaret Leighton ...
Leonora Vail
Joyce Carey ...
Susan Birch
Graham Payn ...
Tim Verney
Amy Veness ...
Alice Smith
Ralph Michael ...
Philip Lucas
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Ernest
Patricia Glyn ...
Helen
Alan Webb ...
Sir Reginald
Everley Gregg ...
Miss Harper
John Salew ...
Mr. Bowman
Gerald Anderson ...
Waiter (as Gerald Andersen)
John Warren ...
Barman
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The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he has lost conciousness. The film then flashes back a year, to when the old friends Barbara and Leonora meet again after having lost contact for many years. Time has not strained their relationship it seems, and Barbara invites Leonora to her house a few days later to meet her husband. Her husband Chris, a pompous, austere psychologist, gets off to a bad start with Leonora. The two despise each other until one night when Barbara has to leave town to look after her mother. Because of this, she is unable to go to the play she had arranged to go with Leonora to. Chris reluctantly decides to go in place of Barbara, and the two hit it off and begin a relationship. Written by Andy Prowse <souffle_tantrum@postmark.net>

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A daring experiment in love!

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Noël Coward replaced Michael Redgrave in the leading role during filming. See more »

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a Coward curio
2 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Noel Coward was perhaps the wrong person to star in this odd adaptation of his own story, about an unfaithful husband and the decisions he makes.

It works mainly in flashback, so no surprise for the viewer in seeing where the affair is heading. Celia Johnson plays Coward's wife (a second teaming, following In Which We Serve, eight years earlier); while the lovely Margaret Leighton is his love interest.

The scenes between Coward and Leighton are difficult due to the total lack of chemistry, but the film is not altogether bad: Joyce Carey appears in support, and is very effective; the plot, although outlandish, can be accepted to a point. Coward himself had a low opinion of his work in The Astonished Heart, referring to himself as ‘that splendid old Chinese character actress'.


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