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No Sad Songs for Me (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 28 April 1950 (USA)
Mary Scott learns she only has ten months to live before dying of an incurable disease. She manages to keep the news from her husband, Brad and daughter, Polly. She tries to make every ... See full summary »

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), Ruth Southard (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Margaret Sullavan ... Mary Scott
Wendell Corey ... Bradford 'Brad' Scott
Viveca Lindfors ... Chris Radna
Natalie Wood ... Polly Scott
John McIntire ... Dr. Ralph Frene
Ann Doran ... Louise Spears
Richard Quine ... Brownie
Jeanette Nolan ... Mona Frene
Dorothy Tree ... Frieda Miles
Raymond Greenleaf ... Mr. Caswell
Urylee Leonardos Urylee Leonardos ... Flora, the Maid
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Mary Scott learns she only has ten months to live before dying of an incurable disease. She manages to keep the news from her husband, Brad and daughter, Polly. She tries to make every moment of her life count, but her effort is weakened by the discovery that Brad is interested in his assistant, Chris Radner. But when she learns that Brad does indeed love her and not Chris, and that Chris is leaving town, she realizes what she must do to ensure the future happiness of Brad and Polly. She persuades Chris to stay, makes a genuine friend of her and watches Polly grow towards Chris. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Sad Songs for Me See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally announced as a vehicle for Irene Dunne and, later, Olivia de Havilland before Margaret Sullavan signed on. See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony no. 1 in C minor, op. 68, 4th movement
Written by Johannes Brahms
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Terminal illness, a la 1950
6 January 2008 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

As a cancer survivor, I was a little uneasy about watching this. But it packs no punch at all. Maybe it did at the time: After all, until fairly recently, the word "cancer" was not uttered. It is here -- only once or twice and right at the film's beginning.

Margaret Sullavan is the sick person. She has a realistic, nice cozy looking house. She's married to Wendell Corey and their daughter is ten-year-old Natalie Wood. So maybe her passive approach makes some sense. She doesn't try to do anything different or differently, to make the most of her final months, though.

However, her not telling her husband means he is free to spend time with his new assistant Vivica Lindfors (who is excellent in her role.) I guess it's that 58 years have passed since this was made. Whatever the reason, I found it myself unmoved.

Mate's direction is sure and the musical score, from Beethoven and Wagner, is appropriate. Generally, though, I found it a disappointment.


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