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My Foolish Heart (1949)

 |  Drama  |  21 January 1950 (USA)
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After a long absence, Mary Jane visits her schoolfriend Eloise, and Eloise's daughter Ramona. Eloise drinks too much and is unhappily married to Lew Wengler. Eloise falls asleep and ... See full summary »

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Kent Smith ...
Lewis H. Wengler
Lois Wheeler ...
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Martha Winters
Robert Keith ...
Henry Winters
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Ramona
Karin Booth ...
Miriam Ball
Todd Karns ...
Her Escort (as Tod Karns)
Phillip Pine ...
Sergeant Lucey
Martha Mears ...
Nightclub Singer
Edna Holland ...
Dean Whiting
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Usher at Football Game
Marietta Canty ...
Grace
Barbara Woodell ...
Red Cross receptionist
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After a long absence, Mary Jane visits her schoolfriend Eloise, and Eloise's daughter Ramona. Eloise drinks too much and is unhappily married to Lew Wengler. Eloise falls asleep and remembers her time with her true love, Walt Dreiser, at the beginning of the Second World War. She recalls the events that lead up to her split with Mary Jane, and how Lew married Eloise rather than Mary Jane. Written by Will Gilbert

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This is the only film ever adapted from one of the works of fiction writer J.D. Salinger (q.v.), very loosely based on his short story "Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut" from the volume "Nine Short Stories". His oblique, suburban drama was turned into overt melodrama by Hollywood. He was so disappointed that he refused all further offers from Hollywood in his career, though he was offered huge amounts of money for the rights to CATCHER IN THE RYE. See more »

Quotes

Walt Dreiser: Know what darling?
Eloise Winters: What?
Walt Dreiser: You have such aristocratic eyes, even if they are filled with tears.
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My Foolish Heart
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Martha Mears
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One of the most miscast movies ever made--and a complete triumph!
30 March 2007 | by (Waynesboro, PA) – See all my reviews

Susan Hayward foolish? Dana Andrews a can't-get-a-date loser? No, I didn't think so either. But they are both so good in their roles that they no only make the film work, they make it a triumph. Hayward was nominated for an Oscar, as was Victor Young's glorious title-song. Both Hayward and Young should have won.

"My Foolish Heart" is essentially a "woman's film," a label that is frequently pejorative. (But then so is "Gone with the Wind.") What makes "Heart" so transcendent, besides Hayward and Andrews, is that the entire film is so well-crafted. The dialog is first rate--by turns poignant, rueful, comic, and sarcastic--from the Epstein twins of "Casablanca" fame. Mark Robson's direction is spot-on, and he has a great cast to work with. As Hayward's father, Robert Keith contributes a beautifully shaded performance. Kent Smith and Lois Wheeler are sympathetic as two who are injured bystanders. In her film debut, Jessie Royce Landis creates the first of her flighty women who are much more than they initially seem.

Victor Young's song is reprised several times during the film and was one of the first title-songs to achieve popularity. It is especially well used in the scene near the end when Hayward is waiting for Kent Smith to bring her a drink. She hits all her marks beautifully, and the song is stunningly used as background.

I doubt that any attempt at a remake would be nearly as successful as the original. They don't make 'em like his any more--no nudity, no questionable language, no violence: just top-notch acting, writing, direction, all set to a marvelous Victor Young score.

And it should be noted that Hayward, despite her Oscar and four other nominations is regrettably underrated and largely forgotten today. Andrews never was given his due when he was alive, and he had an impressive body of work-- for example, "Laura" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" (especially his scene in the moth-balled bomber)--that put him at the forefront of talented leading men of the Forties and Fifties.


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