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Madness of the Heart (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 20 September 1950 (USA)
Lydia Garth meets Paul de Vandiere, a French nobleman, but their romance is plagued by Lydia's complaint of recurring spells of blurred vision. Paul leaves for France, promising to return ... See full summary »

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Paul Dupuis ...
Paul de Vandiere
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Verite Faimont
Maxwell Reed ...
Joseph Rondolet
Thora Hird ...
Rosa
Raymond Lovell ...
Comte de Vandiere
Maurice Denham ...
Dr. Simon Blake
David Hutcheson ...
Max Ffoliott
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Mother Superior
Peter Illing ...
Dr. Matthieu
Jack McNaughton ...
Attendant
Pamela Stirling ...
Felicite
Marie Burke ...
Comtesse de Vandiere
Marie Ault ...
Nun
Joy Harington ...
Sister Agnes (as Joy Harrington)
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Lydia Garth meets Paul de Vandiere, a French nobleman, but their romance is plagued by Lydia's complaint of recurring spells of blurred vision. Paul leaves for France, promising to return and marry Lydia, but she loses her sight while he is gone. Given no hope of recovery, she enters a convent and quickly finds that she has no vocation for life in a nunnery. She finally marries Paul, but encounters strong opposition from Verite Faimont, a neighbor who is very fond of Paul. The latter constantly plots against Lydia and is successful in temporarily breaking up the marriage, but can a miracle of restored vision be seen? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 September 1950 (USA)  »

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Die Rivalin  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Ave Verum Corpus [K 618]
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Faint-hearted, discount version of Rebecca; it should be full throttle purple, but it's lazy lavender .
6 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

A faint-hearted, discount version of Rebecca (itself a version of Jane Eyre.) The first third is adequately, but unexcitingly presented, and the remaining two thirds ground out in a series of unconvincing, predictable and lame melodramatic clichés. The usually dependable writer/director seems to have no discernible appetite here for the potential suspense, tension and excitement. This should be a good old fashioned melodrama, but at best it's a milk chocolate romance for undemanding picturegoers of the 1940s. Only Maxwell Reed as the oily servant, lurking and scheming, seems to have the right idea, but is given very little to do. The stars are dull. Maurice Denham and Thora Hird are okay, and Desmond Dickinson's photography is sometimes lovely.


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