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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 ... Tad
John Garrick ... Fergus
Effie Ellsler ... Mona
J.M. Kerrigan ... Peter
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Rafferty (as Farrell MacDonald)
Emily Fitzroy ... Aunt Elizabeth
Edwin Schneider ... Vincent
Andrés de Segurola ... Guido
Edward Martindel ... Fullerton
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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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song | village | tour | tenor | love | See All (41) »

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The sweetest Love Story Ever Told (Print Ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 27 August 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Trivia

The design of the cottage occupied by John McCormack and his mother in the film was based on a painting by Irish artist Power O'Malley. The cottage set also functioned as a dressing room and rehearsal space for McCormack, and was located on the Fox lot right next to a Mission-Revival bungalow that served as Will Rogers's dressing room. 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

Luoghi Sereni e Cari
(uncredited)
Written by Stefano Donaudy
Sung by John McCormack
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A melodrama worth watching for the concert segment alone.
3 August 2002 | by mfinnerty6See all my reviews

The plot is melodramatic - created just for the purpose of capturing the singing of John McCormack on film.

McCormack was the most successful concert performer of the early twentieth century and the archetype for what we now call the "Irish Tenor".

The film is unique for an uninterrupted concert sequence that essentially replicates the sort of performance McCormack gave thousands of times all over the world to packed houses.

The story includes some brief "bits" of Irish humour and features the film debut of Maureen O'Sullivan.

The story of a middle-aged teacher living in a small Irish village who just happens have a world-class singing voice and is willing to give it all up to care for the children of his recently childhood sweetheart is too much to be taken seriously even for the very early 1930s.

There was a problem with the quality of the sound track on the videotape I saw. The fact that the only remaining copy of this film (once believed lost due to fire) was found after decades in a movie theatre basement may explain this loss of quality.

All that being said, as a lover of great singing I found the musical segments made it well worth the time spent watching the film.


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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 »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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