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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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No woman can give more than the gift of love!

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Drama | Romance

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Uncredited in her performance as Sam's wife, this is the final film appearance of Theresa Harris. See more »

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Connections

Version of Sentimental Journey (1946) See more »

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PREGUNTALE A LAS ESTRELLAS
Traditional
Sung by chorus
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A Wonderful Heartwarming Story
16 May 2007 | by TwinIrishSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie for the first time on TCM and I'm an older adult. Why anyone would think this movie would appeal only to teenagers or younger is a little pessimistic to say the least. I love the movie - Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and adorable little Evelyn Rudie are wonderfully talented. Of course, no one will ever compare with Shirley Temple - that's a given. Even tho there have been many talented young actresses, they threw away the pattern with Shirley. The storyline is - as it's supposed to be - rather melancholy - and for the period of time it was made it's rather marvelous I feel. The outcome of the story - which most of us could have guessed of course - is quite a lesson that teaches just how grief can make someone go off the deep end, dealing with just their own pain, and not considering the feelings and welfare of someone else, especially a child. Who knows, maybe Julie's spirit did come and encourage more searching for Hitty - it's possible.


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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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