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Sentimental Journey (1946)

Approved | | Drama | March 1946 (USA)
An actress, Julie Beck, finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon decides to adopt the child so... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Samuel Hoffenstein (screenplay), Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Payne ... William O. Weatherly
Maureen O'Hara ... Julie Beck / Weatherly
William Bendix ... Donnelly - Uncle Don
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Jim Miller (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Glenn Langan ... Judson
Mischa Auer ... Gregory Petrovich Rogozhin
Kurt Kreuger ... Walt Wilson
Trudy Marshall ... Ruth
Ruth Nelson ... Mrs. McMasters
Connie Marshall ... Mehitabel 'Hitty' Weatherly
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Storyline

An actress, Julie Beck, finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill will not be alone when she dies. After Julie dies, Bill is so grief stricken, he shuts out everyone in his life, even Hitty. Hitty believes she's receiving visits from Julie who offers Hitty advice on how to make Bill happy. Unfortunately, Bill is not charmed by Hitty's efforts to care for him; he does not believe she's seen Julie and wants to send her to boarding school. Rather than leaving Bill, Hitty runs away to find Julie. After Bill hears a record Julie recorded before she died, he finally realizes he must move on with his life and with Hitty. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Horse See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 23, 1946 with John Payne reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Julie Beck: Hello there
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: I thought your hair would be golden
Julie Beck: Why I... well it was long long time ago. What's your name?
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: Hitty
Julie Beck: Oh that's a lovely name, mine's Julie
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: Hitty: Oh
Julie Beck: Why... don't you like it?
Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly: I thought your name was the Lady of Shalott.
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Version of Sentimental Journey (1984) See more »

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Sentimental Journey
Written by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Overly Sentimental
10 March 2007 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

William and Julie Weatherly (John Payne and Maureen O'Hara) are people of the theater. He is a director and she is an actress. They have been married for quite some time, but their love for each other is stronger than ever. Unfortunately, Julie discovers that her health cannot handle the stress of her life. She takes a break from the theater and stumbles upon an orphan girl named Hitty (Connie Marshall). Hitty is imaginative and lonely, just as Julie was as a young girl. Julie is convinced that she would make a great mother for this little lost girl, so she convinces Bill to adopt her. From here, they form a family, though Bill is a bit jealous of the attention that Hitty receives.

Soon, Julie's health gets the better of her, but Hitty knows what to do. She pampers Bill just the way Julie did, hoping to bring the family back together again.

This movie has all the potential to be wonderful, but it walks a fine line that easily takes into kitsch. Sometimes, it is emotional and sweet, but the occasional lapse into over-sentimentality makes it a less than perfect film. Each actor tries hard though, which makes the characters interesting and enjoyable to watch.


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