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Song o' My Heart (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 7 September 1930 (USA)
Broken hearts in Ireland. Sean is a great tenor, in semi-retirement, living in a village close to Mary, the woman he's always loved. Mary's aunt convinced her to marry a man for his money; ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Tom Barry (story), Sonya Levien (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John McCormack ... Sean
Alice Joyce ... Mary
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Eileen
Tommy Clifford Tommy Clifford ... Tad
John Garrick ... Fergus
Effie Ellsler ... Mona
J.M. Kerrigan ... Peter
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Rafferty (as Farrell MacDonald)
Emily Fitzroy ... Aunt Elizabeth
Edwin Schneider Edwin Schneider ... Vincent
Andrés de Segurola Andrés de Segurola ... Guido
Edward Martindel ... Fullerton
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Storyline

Broken hearts in Ireland. Sean is a great tenor, in semi-retirement, living in a village close to Mary, the woman he's always loved. Mary's aunt convinced her to marry a man for his money; he's has recently deserted her, leaving her penniless. She and her two children, Eileen and Tad, move in with the selfish and austere aunt and are miserable. Eileen is falling in love with Fergus, a young man who's off to Dublin to seek his fortune. Sean is drawn out of retirement and goes on tour in America. At his first concert, he's nervous and out of sorts until the last song, when peace descends on him like a gift. What has happened, and can family life be set right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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FAMED IRISH TENOR Gaining his popularity by his singing. Now again you chance to see and hear him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjertets Sang See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

John McCormack's contract stipulated that at least part of the film would be shot in Ireland in locations of his choice. See more »

Quotes

Rafferty: Sure, Peter, the world lost a glorious voice when the heart of Sean o'Carolan was broken!
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Alternate Versions

Filmed in both the early widescreen 70mm Grandeur process, as well as the standard 35mm process. No copy of the widescreen version is known to exist. See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'Armour
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Music by Johann Martini
Sung by John McCormack
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There are two versions of this film
3 May 2006 | by JoniMacSee all my reviews

I would just mention that there are actually *two* versions of this film: the sound ("talkie")version and a part sound / part silent (with titles) version (this was at the dawn of the "talkie" era when people such as Laurel & Hardy had sound and silent versions of their films).

The difference here is not only dialogue vs. title cards, but the two versions are edited a bit differently (true of the Laurel & Hardy hybrids, too).

In the part sound / part silent version, there is no dialogue but you do get all the John McCormack singing.

This movie is a real creaker and it badly needs restoring, but I give it 8 points for: 1) Irish location filming. 2) It's Maureen O'Sullivan's film debut. 3) The John McCormack concert sequence. 4) In the talkie version there's a Irish "vaudeville" bit at the beginning.


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