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The Divided Heart (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 11 August 1955 (USA)
A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The ... See full summary »

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Charles Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornell Borchers ... Inga
Yvonne Mitchell ... Sonja
Armin Dahlen ... Franz
Alexander Knox ... The Chief Justice
Geoffrey Keen ... Marks
Liam Redmond ... First Justice
Eddie Byrne ... Second Justice
Theodore Bikel ... Josip
Ferdy Mayne ... Dr. Muller
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Prof. Miran (as Andre Mikhelson)
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Mlle. Poncet
Michel Ray ... Toni
Martin Keller Martin Keller ... Toni
Krystyna Rumistrzewicz Krystyna Rumistrzewicz ... Mitzi
Mark Gübhard Mark Gübhard ... Max (as Mark Guebhard)
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A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The case must be decided in court, which must decide with whom the boy will be better off. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Two women - each with the right to call this boy her son.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Slovenian

Release Date:

11 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayrilan Kalbler See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The people of St. Johann-in-Tirol and of Skofja Loka in Yugoslavia are thanked for their kind co-operation. See more »

Quotes

First Justice: Wars leave behind a stain of shame which the centuries will not wash away.
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Hit the heart, years before I became more cynical
23 October 2000 | by imogen.chivSee all my reviews

I went to see this film when I was about 15 yrs old. It made a big impression on me because I was very idealistic then. The film was honestly and earnestly made, straight as a die, that was its charm. The fact is it only cost 1/- to get in the cinema to see it. In todays money that is about 5p. The film belongs in that era of course, the fifties. I have never fogotten the little boy in court trying to decide which parent he should choose to be with. He conveyed the correct personal inner torment of knowing he should choose his real mother, but being so used to his adoptive one.


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