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Madness of the Heart (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 20 September 1950 (USA)
Lydia Garth meets Paul de Vandiere, a French nobleman, but their romance is plagued by Lydia's complaint of recurring spells of blurred vision. Paul leaves for France, promising to return ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Bennett

Writers:

Flora Sandstrom (novel), Charles Bennett (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Lydia Garth
Paul Dupuis ... Paul de Vandiere
Kathleen Byron ... Verite Faimont
Maxwell Reed ... Joseph Rondolet
Thora Hird ... Rosa
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Comte de Vandiere
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Simon Blake
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Max Ffoliott
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mother Superior
Peter Illing ... Dr. Matthieu
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton ... Attendant
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Felicite
Marie Burke ... Comtesse de Vandiere
Marie Ault ... Nun
Joy Harington Joy Harington ... Sister Agnes (as Joy Harrington)
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Storyline

Lydia Garth meets Paul de Vandiere, a French nobleman, but their romance is plagued by Lydia's complaint of recurring spells of blurred vision. Paul leaves for France, promising to return and marry Lydia, but she loses her sight while he is gone. Given no hope of recovery, she enters a convent and quickly finds that she has no vocation for life in a nunnery. She finally marries Paul, but encounters strong opposition from Verite Faimont, a neighbor who is very fond of Paul. The latter constantly plots against Lydia and is successful in temporarily breaking up the marriage, but can a miracle of restored vision be seen? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The love of a man and woman is as FIRE!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rivalin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are fictitious and any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more »

Quotes

Mother Superior: But even without eyes, you must fight your own battles - you'll never win by running away.
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Soundtracks

Ave Verum Corpus [K 618]
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Faint-hearted, discount version of Rebecca; it should be full throttle purple, but it's lazy lavender .
6 September 2007 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

A faint-hearted, discount version of Rebecca (itself a version of Jane Eyre.) The first third is adequately, but unexcitingly presented, and the remaining two thirds ground out in a series of unconvincing, predictable and lame melodramatic clichés. The usually dependable writer/director seems to have no discernible appetite here for the potential suspense, tension and excitement. This should be a good old fashioned melodrama, but at best it's a milk chocolate romance for undemanding picturegoers of the 1940s. Only Maxwell Reed as the oily servant, lurking and scheming, seems to have the right idea, but is given very little to do. The stars are dull. Maurice Denham and Thora Hird are okay, and Desmond Dickinson's photography is sometimes lovely.


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