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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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Airs Tue. Feb. 19, 2:00 AM on TCM

Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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This LOVE...a torment and delight! 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

According to an October 1943 news item in Hollywood Reporter, Alfred Hitchcock was initially slated to direct this picture. 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: 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 solid, engaging drama with amazing performances from the whole cast. I dare say one of Grant's greatest performances.
19 July 2005 | by terry-171See all my reviews

I saw this movie by chance. Did not think I would be interested in seeing Cary Grant as a lower class good for nothing but was gradually riveted by the story and character development. The mother was amazing. Cary was amazing, in one of his most acting type acting jobs I've every seen. What I mean is, he's always playing the suave type and this was very different, much more serious and nuanced and he was very good at it. Also the dialog was really engaging, entertaining, full of little cockney(I guess it was cockney)sayings and rhymes. The watch maker/repair man was one of my favorite characters. All the actors in this were splendid and well directed. The ending bitter sweet and different. I was constantly thinking that I had guessed the outcome but was continually surprised with each little turn of the story. The two different women that have his romantic interest are both fascinating and diametrically opposed which creates a subtle suspense that underlies the other more dramatic events of the film. The dialog was really good. Some of the lines are so impacting, I think they'll stay with me for a long time. At one point,a friend informs Cary about his mother's illness and Cary asks him about it. The man replies: "Your mother is not a superficial woman." thus implying the illness is very serious.

Highly recommend this film. BUT it's not your typical funny or adventurous Cary Grant film. It's a serious and touching portrait of a man trying to do the right thing(and the unselfish thing) for the first time in his life. So be ready for a real drama(a bit more modern in feel next to other contemporary dramas). A well made drama.


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