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Sentimental Journey (1946)

Approved | | Drama | March 1946 (USA)
An actress, Julie Beck, finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon decides to adopt the child so... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Payne ... William O. Weatherly
Maureen O'Hara ... Julie Beck / Weatherly
William Bendix ... Donnelly - Uncle Don
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Jim Miller (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Glenn Langan ... Judson
Mischa Auer ... Gregory Petrovich Rogozhin
Kurt Kreuger ... Walt Wilson
Trudy Marshall ... Ruth
Ruth Nelson ... Mrs. McMasters
Connie Marshall ... Mehitabel 'Hitty' Weatherly
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Storyline

An actress, Julie Beck, finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill will not be alone when she dies. After Julie dies, Bill is so grief stricken, he shuts out everyone in his life, even Hitty. Hitty believes she's receiving visits from Julie who offers Hitty advice on how to make Bill happy. Unfortunately, Bill is not charmed by Hitty's efforts to care for him; he does not believe she's seen Julie and wants to send her to boarding school. Rather than leaving Bill, Hitty runs away to find Julie. After Bill hears a record Julie recorded before she died, he finally realizes he must move on with his life and with Hitty. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Horse See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On his role, Cedric Hardwicke said, "I did nothing but look at the handsome bosom of Maureen O'Hara and listening to the murmuring of her heart through a stethoscope." See more »

Quotes

Julie Beck: Hello there
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: I thought your hair would be golden
Julie Beck: Why I... well it was long long time ago. What's your name?
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: Hitty
Julie Beck: Oh that's a lovely name, mine's Julie
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: Hitty: Oh
Julie Beck: Why... don't you like it?
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: I thought your name was the Lady of Shalott.
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Connections

Version of The Gift of Love (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2 in D flat major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played at the apartment when they're watching the boats on the river
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Sentimental Journey is Tear Jerker to the Hilt ****
19 November 2008 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful film with John Payne and Maureen O'Hara, one year before they made the successful "Miracle on 34th Street." Amazing that Connie Marshall, who played the part of their adopted daughter in "Journey" didn't get the Natalie Wood part in "Miracle."

This film is literally a 4 star tear jerker where an ailing Broadway actress and her director husband adopt a child only to see the mother die shortly afterwards. Both the father and daughter are devastated but use the memory of his wife and mother as a link to be drawn together.

Payne has never been better as the embittered husband who lost his wife so unexpectedly. Maureen O'Hara, with that Irish brogue, conveys the part of the doomed mother and wife so beautifully that tears shall come to your eyes.

In a complete departure from his usual roles, William Bendix is just marvelous in a supporting role as the couple's friend who attempts to bring comic relief to the film. Some memorable scenes show him trying to buy toys for the child, as well as discussing child psychology with Payne.

Nevertheless, the film belongs to the touching performance of child actress Connie Marshall. Coming into a home as an adopted young child only to lose a mother so fast afterwards is preciously captured by Marshall's performance.

There are definitely sentiment in tears but the film is engrossing and well worth the effort in watching. Sadness is so beautifully depicted here.


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