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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 ...
Mary Jane
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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 »

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My Foolish Heart
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Martha Mears
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A heart-wrenching love story.
23 August 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Brooklyn born Susan Hayward had a 30 year career playing tough broads who hid a heart of gold underneath a steel exterior. "My Foolish Heart" is a wartime drama in which Hayward tells her story in flashback after admitting that she was once a nice girl. We then see her meeting soldier Dana Andrews, a handsome young man she falls head over heels in love with. War breaks out, and the two are torn apart. To say more would reveal plot twists best kept for a first viewing. However, what I will say is that don't let Hayward's hardness at the beginning of the film fool you: she is a truly vulnerable character capable of loving. The writers have created a very believable leading heroine, plus some wonderful supporting characters. Especially good is Robert Keith as her lovable dad who has a whiny wife (Jessie Royce Landis) to contend with. The scenes between Hayward and her parents are very well written, and almost as good as the love story itself. Andrews, although somewhat of a wooden actor, instills his character with warmth and charm that make the viewer understand why Hayward would fall so desperately in love. This is a top grade romantic drama for which Hayward was deservedly nominated for an Oscar. Its a shame that Keith was overlooked. There are some private scenes between Keith and Hayward that are truly riveting. Highly recommended!


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