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The Astonished Heart (1950)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | March 1950 (UK)
The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he ... See full summary »

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Noël Coward (by) (as Noel Coward), Noël Coward (screenplay) (as Noel Coward)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Noël Coward ... Christian Faber (as Noel Coward)
Celia Johnson ... Barbara Faber
Margaret Leighton ... Leonora Vail
Joyce Carey ... Susan Birch
Graham Payn Graham Payn ... Tim Verney
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Alice Smith
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Philip Lucas
Michael Hordern ... Ernest
Patricia Glyn Patricia Glyn ... Helen
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Sir Reginald
Everley Gregg Everley Gregg ... Miss Harper
John Salew John Salew ... Soames
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Waiter
John Warren John Warren ... Barman
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The film begins with a scene in which Barbara rings Leonora to tell her that something has happened to Chris. At this point, we don't know who Chris is or what has happened, only that he has lost conciousness. The film then flashes back a year, to when the old friends Barbara and Leonora meet again after having lost contact for many years. Time has not strained their relationship it seems, and Barbara invites Leonora to her house a few days later to meet her husband. Her husband Chris, a pompous, austere psychologist, gets off to a bad start with Leonora. The two despise each other until one night when Barbara has to leave town to look after her mother. Because of this, she is unable to go to the play she had arranged to go with Leonora to. Chris reluctantly decides to go in place of Barbara, and the two hit it off and begin a relationship. Written by Andy Prowse <souffle_tantrum@postmark.net>

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A daring experiment in love!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjertets dårskab See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Noël Coward's office assistant was played by Graham Payn - who was Coward's partner in real life. See more »

Quotes

Christian Faber: The world I deal with is full of cruel stories.
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A Coward Classic
3 January 2011 | by peter-meunierSee all my reviews

I had not seen or heard of this film before watching it on DVD. I found it compelling and easy to watch. In some ways reminiscent of Brief Encounter with the story of forbidden love and the sadness that this can only lead to.

The film is an adaption of a play written by Coward himself and is done so with great British precision. The scenery and the stiffness of the dialogue are reminiscent of the post war period where those wealthy enough enjoyed a comfortable life with cocktails, dancing and for some infidelity the order of the day.

Despite being happily married for a number of year Coward's character, Dr Christian Faber is influenced by a case from his psychiatrists practice. A story of forbidden love!! This can only lead to heartache, pain and much more as the adulterous affair he embarks on can only lead to tragedy!!


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