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The Gift of Love (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | April 1958 (Austria)
Fearing she will die, a physicist's wife hopes her husband will be consoled by the orphan she adopts.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Luther Davis, Nelia Gardner White (article)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lauren Bacall ... Julie Beck
Robert Stack ... William 'Bill' Beck
Evelyn Rudie ... Mehitabel aka Hitty
Lorne Greene ... Grant Allan
Anne Seymour ... Miss McMasters
Edward Platt ... Dr. Jim Miller
Joseph Kearns ... Mr. Rynicker
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Storyline

Physicist Bill Beck meets and marries doctor's receptionist Julie. Five happy years later, she develops a heart condition. Afraid of leaving Bill alone by her premature demise, Julie adopts a sirupy, fantasizing orphan, Hitty. It's an uphill battle forging a relationship between the equally self-absorbed physicist and child: will she have time? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geschenk der Liebe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the adoption papers, Bill's date of birth is given as 2 July 1926, and Julie's as 21 February 1927, as opposed to their actual birth dates of actor Robert Stack (January 1919), and actress Lauren Bacall (September 1924.) See more »

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Connections

Version of Sentimental Journey (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

THE GIFT OF LOVE
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Vic Damone behind credits
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Beautiful and sad love story.
2 February 2007 | by rsmaSee all my reviews

From the very beginning, where Vic Damone sings the BEAUTIFUL Title Song, to the end where I sit teary-eyed, again, I LOVE this film. I also loved the original, "Sentimental Journey" just as much. Both may be a bit unrealistic in today's no-room-for-sentiment world, but they are heartwarming and wonderful movies that most women of my generation appreciate and WANT to see-----------often! This movie is NOT shown often enough. Lauren Bacall is as beautiful as beautiful gets and Robert Stack gives a fine performance. I did notice that the lovely background music played throughout both films, is basically the same song, but played to a somewhat different beat. In both films, even the music pulls at your heartstrings. One of my favorites!


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