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Always in My Heart (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 14 March 1942 (USA)
After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his... See full summary »


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Dorothy Bennett (suggested by a play by), Irving White (suggested by a play by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Marjorie Scott
Walter Huston ... MacKenzie Scott
Gloria Warren ... Victoria Scott
Patti Hale ... Booley (as Patty Hale)
Frankie Thomas ... Martin Scott
Una O'Connor ... Angie
Sidney Blackmer ... Philip Ames
Armida ... Lolita
Frank Puglia ... Joe Borelli
Russell Arms ... Red
Anthony Caruso ... Frank
Elvira Curci Elvira Curci ... Rosita
John Hamilton ... Warden
Harry Lewis ... Steve
Herbert Gunn ... Dick


After many years, MacKenzie Scott is pardoned from prison, but his wife is already involved with another man. Nevertheless, he travels incognito to his family's town. There he befriends his daughter Victoria, who doesn't recognize him, and encourages her musical abilities. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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A Gayly Refreshing Musical Treat! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - July 9, 1942) See more »


Drama | Musical | Romance


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Although Walter Huston had sung in his theater roles earlier, this was the first time he sang in a movie. See more »


Mac sits down to work on the sticking keys on Mudge's piano and quickly proclaims it fixed. A moment later, Mudge sits down to try it out and there are clearly two keys that are stuck down. The keys are not stuck down, they are missing the ivory and are dark wood color. They only look like they are stuck down. See more »


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90 minutes of pure musical agony
27 September 2008 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I hadn't seen this film for years, and then I only remembered parts of it. The parts I did remember were the dialogue scenes between Kay Francis and estranged hubby Walter Huston, and between Huston and the children who do not know him. This part of the film is very good and made me want to see it again.

When I saw it again the other night for the first time in years on TCM I was horrified. Worse, I was somewhat bored. Either I never saw or my memory blocked out the musical portions. Obviously, Warner Bros. was trying to turn Gloria Warren into their own Deanna Durbin, but she just lacked the "star quality" Durbin had and was a completely uninteresting actress, at least in this film.

The film could have been a great one if the music had been eliminated and the focus kept on the melodrama - a man (Walter Huston) getting out of prison and giving up a woman who loves him and his children so they can all have some security with a rather bland fellow who wants to marry the woman (Kay Francis). Instead, Huston paces from the "good" side of town where we are tormented by Warren's operatic screeching, to the bad side of town where a novelty harmonica band act torments us some more. Just goes to proves bad music has a home in both the low-brow and high-brow varieties.

What gets five stars from me is the warm family story and the title song, "Always In My Heart" which is really quite beautiful and a bit of a theme song for the entire situation portrayed in the film.

If you want to see what Kay Francis and Walter Huston can do for a film without all of this distraction thrown in, try to track down a copy of "Gentlemen of the Press". There they really sizzle.

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Release Date:

14 March 1942 (USA) See more »

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$515,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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