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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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Taglines:

Conflict...violence...deadly evil...in a smashing drama of London's under-world that will haunt you forevermore! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant considered himself miscast. See more »

Goofs

Ernie states he's smelled the street "almost five times seven years" - making him almost thirty-five years old (to match Grant's apparent age in the film). Later, he explains to Henry that he got his middle name of Verdun because that is where his father died in World War I (known as The Great War before WW2). See more »

Quotes

Ernie Mott: First thing in the morning we're taking out the marriage license.
Ada Brantline: Are we?
Ernie Mott: I wonder what the weatherman promises for tomorrow.
Ada Brantline: Likely rain - followed by suicide in bed.
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Connections

Featured in The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) 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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A great but underrated film that was one of Grant's favorites
17 February 1999 | by nipper-5See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1973 and felt it was a great film. Cary Grant plays Ernie Mott a drifter from the east end of London who values his pride and independence above all else. He was raised in the poverty ridden area of the city but refuses to be tied to it. He believes that mankind can be better if given the chance and not held back. As he says: "Stand back! Let the man see the rabbit."

Clifford Odets screen play is very loosely based on the Richard Llewellan novel. The film captures dark moodiness that represents the poverty stricken area of London and the Cockney inhabitants thereof.


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