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Lonelyhearts (1958)

| Drama | 1958 (USA)
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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Adam White
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Florence Shrike
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Justy Sargeant
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Ned Gates
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Frank Goldsmith
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Mr. Lassiter
Frank Maxwell ...
Pat Doyle
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Mr. Sargeant
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Johnny, Bartender
Don Washbrook ...
Don Sargeant
Johnny Washbrook ...
Johnny Sargeant (as John Washbrook)
JB Welch ...
Charlie
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Edna
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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 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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"SOME WIVES CHEAT BECAUSE THEIR HUSBANDS DO...AND SOME BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST NO GOOD!" (original print ad - all caps)

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1958 (USA)  »

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Miss Lonelyheart  »

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Trivia

The play, "Miss Lonelyhearts" opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., on October 3, 1957 and ran for only 12 performances. See more »

Goofs

Drama critic on major metropolitan morning newspaper comes into work morning after he's seen a lousy production of Othello complaining about review he'll have to write; in reality, critics for morning newspapers write reviews same night play opened so critiques will appear in following morning's editions. See more »

Quotes

William Shrike: ...I enjoy seeing youth betray their promises. It lights up all the numbers on my pinball machine.
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Connections

Version of American Playhouse: Miss Lonelyhearts (1983) See more »

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Well-done film
9 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In view of some of the comments categorizing this film as unsatisfying soap opera, it all depends on what you're looking for. If what you want are excellent performances from a superior cast, then this is your kind of movie. Robert Ryan gives his typical outstanding performance as an extremely cynical newspaper editor who inflicts his particular brand of misery to the full on his long-suffering wife, beautifully portrayed by Myrna Loy. Maureen Stapleton is electrifying in her movie debut and received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her riveting performance. Montomgery Clift's fragility works to his advantage here as an advice columnist whose sensitivity runs a little too deep. The haunted eyes and pained expressions perfectly match what the character in this situation would realistically feel and express. Overall, a nicely done, well-photographed film that is sure to hold the attention and is definitely worth the time to find and view.


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