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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 de Vandiere
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Verite Faimont
Maxwell Reed ...
Joseph Rondolet
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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Splendid Margaret Lockwood thriller
28 May 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a definite must-see for any Margaret Lockwood fans, as well as Hitchcock lovers as it's very Hitchcock in style. There's simply not a dull moment as we follow the young Lydia through the path her life takes when she goes blind and finds there is only the tiniest chance that surgery could restore her sight - and an even smaller chance that she would even survive the operation. Her sweetheart Paul still wishes to marry her, and she finds happiness with him, but that is short-lived as she begins to get the feeling that someone wants her dead. The movie takes a truly terrifying turn, and though in part is predictable, it's still definitely exciting. 9/10


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