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Close to My Heart (1951)

Gene Tierney and Ray Milland play the Sheridans, a married couple unable to have a biological child. They visit an adoption agency to make inquiries and start the ball rolling. Then, they ... See full summary »

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Gene Tierney and Ray Milland play the Sheridans, a married couple unable to have a biological child. They visit an adoption agency to make inquiries and start the ball rolling. Then, they learn of a child abandoned at a local police station. The loving and very lovely Midge (Tierney) is determined to adopt the young boy, no questions asked; Brad (Milland) insists on learning about the boy's heredity and his parentage. The Sheridans learn the boy's father may be a murderer. Will there be a baby for Midge? (The film is based on a novel by James R. Webb, entitled "A Baby for Midge.") Written by LA-Lawyer

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 2, 1953 with Ray Milland reprising his film role. See more »

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An interesting story, but it's sure easy to dislike Brad through much of the film!
2 August 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Close to My Heart" is not necessarily an easy film to watch. It deals with infertility issues and is a very good film, but it might be very tough for folks struggling with this to watch the movie. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Ray Milland plays Brad Sheridan and Gene Tierney his wife, Midge. After being married for several years, they need to face facts--she is infertile and cannot have a child. She is interested in adopting, though it's obvious Brad isn't thrilled by the idea. He goes along with it but he never seems excited by the prospect.

The wait list for adopting a baby is quite long, but an opportunity arises to POSSIBLY get a baby sooner. Danny was abandoned at a local police station and no one know about his parents. Midge is thrilled to adopt the lovely boy but once again Brad just seems uncertain...mostly because he is worried about the sort of biological parents the child might have. Being a reporter, Brad starts investigating leads...trying, for his own peace of mind, to find out more about the baby. All during this time, the baby is living with the Sheridans and Midge is in love with the little bundle of joy. Brad still has cold feet...and this worries the woman from the adoption agency. She's ready to recommend to the court that the adoption NOT go through due to Brad's apparent ambivalence. What's next in this film? Give it a look and find out for yourself.

I like this film for several reasons. The biggest is that it's unique and I cannot recall ever seeing another film like it (except, in an odd way "Bedtime for Bonzo" with its similar nature versus nurture theme). I also really liked Tierney's acting. She was really convincing and I admired her ability to do such a film considering her history of severe depression and her own issues with having a severely disabled child. I kept wondering how hard all this must have been....but she sure was great and pulled it off well. It is a bit schmaltzy, but I loved it. Overall, a surprisingly good film--one that will grab you and rip at your heart repeatedly. In fact, you might just want to watch this one with some Kleenex nearby.

By the way, if you DO watch it, watch the very final scene...that child's expression is priceless!


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