Lonelyhearts (1958)

 |  Drama  |  1958 (USA)
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Eager to land a journalistic position, Adam White goes to work as an advice-giving newspaper columnist. His editor, Shrike, takes pleasure in browbeating his alcoholic wife Florence for her... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam White
Florence Shrike
Justy Sargeant
Ned Gates
Frank Goldsmith
Onslow Stevens ...
Mr. Lassiter
Frank Maxwell ...
Pat Doyle
Mr. Sargeant
John Gallaudet ...
Johnny, Bartender
Don Washbrook ...
Don Sargeant
Johnny Washbrook ...
Johnny Sargeant (as John Washbrook)
Mary Alan Hokanson ...


Eager to land a journalistic position, Adam White goes to work as an advice-giving newspaper columnist. His editor, Shrike, takes pleasure in browbeating his alcoholic wife Florence for her past adultery, and assigning his employees journalistic jobs for which they have little aptitude or interest. Shrike goads Adam into meeting one of his correspondents, Fay Doyle, a teary, self-pitying woman who makes a play for him. Adam is torn between his loyalty to the newspaper and his girl Justy. Written by alfiehitchie

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1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Lonelyheart  »

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Adam White, nee Lassiter: Well, uh...
Fay Doyle: Well, say something nice to me.
[he remains quiet]
Fay Doyle: Goodbye kiss, maybe?
[he remains still]
Fay Doyle: You're not a very appreciative fellow. Love 'em and leave 'em, is that it?
Adam White, nee Lassiter: Mrs. Doyle, I didn't call you...
Fay Doyle: All right, what did you call me up for? Who are you kidding? Listen, you wanted a sad story, you heard a sad story! You also wanted some action!
Adam White, nee Lassiter: You're right.
Fay Doyle: You're damn right I'm right!
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A dissenting View
20 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the movie and the one thing about it that I didn't like was Monty. He was too old by at least 15 years for the part, the girl and the hurt. The hurt was a young man's hurt. Robert Ryan had the lock on the mature man's regret and Monty was supposed to be at the front end of the voyage but having been acting and living in bathos for all his life,he was too well seasoned. Instead of a boy whose dad had left him wounded and who was going to emerge from this transformed and transforming, he was Monty front and center and always. I loved Ms. Hart's Justy. Now there's a characterization who developed and a person who was and became. Ryan was once a boy, became a hard and then a bitter man and perhaps regained a bit of himself at the end. Ms. Loy, well-faded but true, a lodestar who was beyond much but hope, the inverse of Ms. Stapleton but in some ways more than that and the true core of the film in that she was a Lonelyheart even though she had material comfort. I'll admit it, I liked Monty in some of his roles but in this,he is terribly miscast. He might have pulled it off before we learned too much about him and his self-pity but alas, the part and the actor met too late. At bottom, his compassion for others here, as in in almost every other role, was just self-pity writ large.

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