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None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 October 1944 (USA)
When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.

Director:

Clifford Odets

Writers:

Clifford Odets (written for the screen by), Richard Llewellyn (from the novel by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Ernie Mott
Ethel Barrymore ... Ma Mott (as Miss Ethel Barrymore)
Barry Fitzgerald ... Henry Twite
June Duprez ... Ada Brantline
Jane Wyatt ... Aggie Hunter
George Coulouris ... Jim Mordinoy
Dan Duryea ... Lew Tate
Roman Bohnen ... Dad Pettyjohn
Konstantin Shayne ... Ike Weber
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Storyline

A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities. Written by Anonymous

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Conflict...violence...deadly evil...in a smashing drama of London's under-world that will haunt you forevermore! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un desolado corazón See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ernie's full name is "Ernest Verdun Mott" - named by his father who was at the WWI battle. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Ernie and Henry are talking, the go their separate ways, the amount and location of moisture on Ernie's coat changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Mott: Did you love my old man?
Ma Mott: Love's not for the poor, son. No time for it.
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Connections

Featured in Becoming Cary Grant (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Played by Jane Wyatt on cello
Played by Cary Grant on piano
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Cary Grant doesn't really fit the role
19 February 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ernie Mott (Cary Grant) is an irresponsible vagrant roaming the streets of London. His father had died in the Great War. His mother (Ethel Barrymore) runs a small shop by herself. He plays the piano, fools around with a gangster's ex Ada Brantline (June Duprez), and has a friendship with nice neighborhood girl Aggie Hunter (Jane Wyatt). After learning about her mother's cancer, he stays to run the shop despite their combative past.

Ernie is not really an appealing character and that's tough to do for Cary Grant. I'm also annoyed by his relationship with Ada. I want more time with Aggie and have more love triangle action. The character would be appealing as an exuberant youth struggling to find his way in the world. Cary Grant was 40 by then. I can see this as a lower class melodrama like a Mike Leigh movie but Cary Grant doesn't really fit the role. It's interesting nevertheless.


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