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The Secret Heart (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1946 (USA)
Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Whitfield Cook (screenplay), Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Lee Addams
Walter Pidgeon ... Chris Matthews
June Allyson ... Penny Addams
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Rossiger
Robert Sterling ... Chase N. Addams
Marshall Thompson ... Brandon Reynolds
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Stover
Richard Derr ... Larry Addams
Patricia Medina ... Kay Burns
Eily Malyon ... Miss Hunter
Ann Lace Ann Lace ... Penny as a Child
Dwayne Hickman ... Chase as a Child
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Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of disgrace. Lee takes over and devotes her life to paying off Larry's debts and raising her two step-children. Prior to her marriage, Lee had turned down the proposal of Chris Matthews, wealthy ship builder and college friend of Larry's, but he had remained as a true friend to both. On the night of the suicide, Lee and Chris had attended a dinner party together and, horrified and shocked at the death, Lee sends Chris away, and for ten years does everything possible for the children to make up for the loss of their father. Bewildered by some of the strange stories concerning her father, the grown-up Penny (June Allyson) questions Lee and her brother Chase. Later, Penny meets and falls in love with Chris, not realizing he is the man Lee gave up. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SHE had no right to love him...but she did! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apolytrosis See more »

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Budget:

$1,735,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 17, 1947 with Walter Pidgeon and Claudette Colbert reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In the close-up of the newspaper story about Larry Addams' financial collapse, the second paragraph is about another matter entirely. See more »

Quotes

Penny Addams: [she is being called] I won't answer.
Chris Matthews: Why not?
Penny Addams: Boys frighten me.
Chris Matthews: Oh, that's nonsense.
Penny Addams: No. They frighten me. Really they do.
Chris Matthews: Because you haven't met the right one.
Penny Addams: How will I know when I do?
Chris Matthews: Oh, as a matter of fact, you'll fall in love.
Penny Addams: How will I know?
Chris Matthews: You'll know.
[...]
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La Plus que Lente
by Claude Debussy
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A melodrama or a soap opera: take your pick.
25 April 2013 | by brentkincaidSee all my reviews

I jumped into this movie with both feet because of the stars. I like all of them for different reasons. Walter Pigeon, Claudette Colbert, June Allyson, Lyle Barrymore. Heck, they even have Mrs. Trumble (Lucky and Ricky Ricardo's upstairs neighbor)as the housekeeper on the farm.

What I wasn't ready for was June Allyson as a teenager when she was just on the sunny side of thirty. That certainly did NOT work for me. If she had been Colbert's step SISTER, instead of stepdaughter that would have worked for me just dandy. But, having said that, I want to point out it was the best performance June has turned in so far and I thought I had seen them all. She was wonderful. She did her best while being cast totally against type and age range. And, she pulled it off with aplomb.

The sets, the costumes, the choice of the other characters all worked and so I am sure you will have a nice rainy afternoon if you choose to watch this on AMC or TCM. But, I would NOT suggest buying or renting this movie. It is simply not worth the expense when there are so many much better movies out there.


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