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There Goes My Heart (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 14 October 1938 (USA)
A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Eddie Moran (screen play), Jack Jevne (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Bill Spencer
Virginia Bruce ... Joan Butterfield
Patsy Kelly ... Peggy O'Brien
Alan Mowbray ... Pennypepper E. Pennypepper
Nancy Carroll ... Dorothy Moore
Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Stevens - Editor
Claude Gillingwater ... Cyrus Butterfield
Arthur Lake ... Flash Fisher
Etienne Girardot ... Hinkley - Secretary
Robert Armstrong ... Detective O'Brien
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Dobbs
Irving Pichel ... Mr. Gorman
Syd Saylor ... Robinson (as Sid Saylor)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Officer
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Storyline

Seeing her chance, 25-year-old heiress (Virginia Bruce) flees from her over-protective grandfather with none of her fortune in her purse. On the streets of New York, she is befriended by a shop girl (Patsy Kelly) . The shop girl takes her in and gets her a job at the store which is part of a chain owned by the heiress. Unbeknownst to the newsworthy heiress, her true identity is known to a single reporter (March). Written by CComly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

HE - loved her - yet had to expose her - SHE - loved him - but a million dollars stood between them - then - WHAM - And What Could a Poor Girl Do!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Film debut of Bill Clark. See more »

Quotes

Joan Butterfield: [holding a slip] Peggy, there's a woman over there who wants to know if this lingerie will run.
Peggy O'Brien: Well, eh, not unless there's somebody in it. Tell her no.
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Crazy Credits

The closing "The End" title is spelled out with seashells on a beach (white seashells for "The" and black ones for "End"). See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Sung a cappella by Fredric March
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Has The Potential For Being A Great Screwball Comedy ....
21 July 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

...It doesn't entirely work, unfortunately. Fredric March is excellent, as always. What a fine and versatile actor! And Virginia Bruce is winning, as she always was. She plays an heiress, he a newspaper reporter sent to get a story about her. (This aspect presages the Bette Davis movie "Golden Arrows.") Eugene Palette, always a treat, plays his editor.

Bruce is not an ideal screwball heroine, unfortunately. Her pale, wistful beauty doesn't really lend itself to the genre, though she is dine in the movie. Patsy Kelly is hilarious as her pal: Bruce has sailed to Manhattan in her yacht while granddaddy is away. She finds herself in the City with no money. At a diner (kind of an Automat but not really) she and Kelly scam some food. Kelly picks her up! "If you don't have anywhere else to go, you can spend the night at my place." Kelly's ostensible romantic interest is Alan Mowbry, a neighbor who is studying to become a chiropractor by mail. What a couple they make! Back at the store where Kelly works, which Grandpa owns, we see Kelly demonstrating a device called "Vibrato." It's a kind of Sapphic intimation of the Vega-Meta-Vitamin sequence decades later from "I Love Lucy." The movie has a sterling supporting cast, which also includes Nancy Carroll, delicious as a jealous, catty fellow saleswoman.

It also, unfortunately, has afar too lengthy and pointless scene with Bruce and march at a skating rink. Why it was allowed to go on so long is a mystery. (There is a similar scene in one of Irene Dunne's lesser comedies -- "Joy of Living," I think.) The movie begins in a stylish, chic manner but it loses its way. It could have been in the top tier but as it is it's still fun.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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