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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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Drama | Romance

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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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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

This was Bacall's first movie after her husband, Humphrey Bogart died from cancer. See more »

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Connections

Version of Sentimental Journey (1946) See more »

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PREGUNTALE A LAS ESTRELLAS
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Sung by chorus
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sentimental melodrama
2 September 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Julie (Lauren Bacall) marries theoretical physicist Bill Beck (Robert Stack). He's a real life rocket scientist working for the government. Suddenly, she has persistent heart issues. Fearing an early death leaving Bill alone, she convinces him to adopt an unusual imaginative little girl named Hitty. Bill struggles to connect with the girl with their differing interests.

This is a sentimental melodrama. It's Lauren Bacall's first film after Bogie's death. It needs a small tweak at the start of the movie. They shouldn't need a reason to adopt Hitty. Julie could still be the driving force but the reason to adopt Hitty is Hitty. If she discovers her medical issues later and keeps it a secret, it would be more dramatic with her desperate to join Bill and Hitty together. Her reveal to Bill would also be a great tear jerker moment. Otherwise, this is perfectly fine. The girl is adorable. Bacall is motherly. Stack is awkward around people. It all fits. Bill's too angry after Julie's death. Being depress is good enough. I don't like him yelling at Hitty. This is a solid sentimental melodrama.


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