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None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 1944 (USA)
When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.

Director:

Clifford Odets

Writers:

Clifford Odets (written for the screen by), Richard Llewellyn (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Ernie Mott
Ethel Barrymore ... Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)
Barry Fitzgerald ... Henry Twite
June Duprez ... Ada Brantline
Jane Wyatt ... Aggie Hunter
George Coulouris ... Jim Mordinoy
Dan Duryea ... Lew Tate
Roman Bohnen ... Dad Pettyjohn
Konstantin Shayne ... Ike Weber
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Storyline

A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities. Written by Anonymous

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Each moment they shared in the shadow of fear...yet when her arms embraced him, her cheek caressed his...he knew he was in the grip of a spell he could not break...even though it imperiled his own life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un desolado corazón See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernie's full name is "Ernest Verdun Mott" - named by his father who was at the WWI battle. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Ernie visits his mother in prison, as he gets up to leave she is laying on the bed with her head all the way to her left. One second later as he walks away, her head is all the way to the right side of the pillow. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Mott: They say money talks... all it's ever said to me is goodbye.
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Played by Jane Wyatt on cello
Played by Cary Grant on piano
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Gloomy
6 February 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Cary Grant is much too handsome,too aristocratic ,to play the part of this prodigal son and it is one of his more painful part.A loser he just cannot be.Ethel Barrymore ,on the other hand ,saves the movie ,with a balanced portrayal of a woman who ,in a way,as sonny says,exploits the others' poverty;and the most touching scene might be that of the cage ,when Grant gives the bird back to the woman in tears . Directing is static,trying to create an English atmosphere with fish and ships and pounds;but didn't they forget that cars run on the left in Albion ?(see the car chase) .Sometimes the music rises and we feel something important is about to happen :but nothing essential occurs.

All the elements of melodrama are present :a bad son,who will redeem his soul,a fatal disease,bad influences , a divorced girl with a little child,and even an imprisoned mom, but the mixture lacks consistency and even the final is not convincing ,being particularly gloomy.the hero's middle name is "Verdun" ,the French town where his father fights in WW1


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