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My Foolish Heart (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 21 January 1950 (USA)
After being visited by an old friend, a woman recalls her true love, the man she met and lost years ago.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Walt Dreiser
Susan Hayward ... Eloise Winters
Kent Smith ... Lew Wengler
Lois Wheeler ... Mary Jane
Jessie Royce Landis ... Martha Winters
Robert Keith ... Henry Winters
Gigi Perreau ... Ramona
Karin Booth ... Miriam Ball
Todd Karns ... Her escort (as Tod Karns)
Phillip Pine ... Sgt. Lucey
Martha Mears Martha Mears ... Night Club Singer
Edna Holland ... Dean Whiting
Jerry Paris ... Usher
Marietta Canty ... Grace
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Red Cross receptionist (as Barbara Woodell)
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Storyline

After a long absence, Mary Jane visits her schoolfriend Eloise, and Eloise's daughter Ramona. Eloise drinks too much and is unhappily married to Lew Wengler. Eloise falls asleep and remembers her time with her true love, Walt Dreiser, at the beginning of the Second World War. She recalls the events that led up to her split with Mary Jane, and how Lew married Eloise rather than Mary Jane. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angst vor der Schande See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward, who starred in Jacques Tourneur's Western, Canyon Passage. Tourneur, like this movie's director, Mark Robson, got their breaks working for producer Val Lewton. See more »

Quotes

Henry Winters: I'm afraid son she's an outraged mother.
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Connections

Spoofed in Polyester (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

My Foolish Heart
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Martha Mears (uncredited)
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Unforgettable Romance
7 December 1999 | by Elizabeth-40See all my reviews

Susan Hayward and Dana Andrews will take you to the heights of joy and deepest despair as two lovers who are forced to live a lifetime in a few weeks as America enters World War II. As the film begins, the war is over and Eloise Winters (Hayward) is married to college sweetheart Lou Wengler (Kent Smith). A visit from college roommate Mary Jane (Lois Wheeler) prompts Hayward to relive the wartime memory of her true love, Walt Dreiser (Andrews). You will be enchanted by Andrews and Hayward's first meeting when sparks fly and an extremely handsome, charming Andrews sweeps Hayward off her feet to the tune of Victor Young's heart stirring theme. I dare say no man looked better on the 1940s screen than the sophisticated, yet easy-going Dana Andrews in this film. Nominated for an Academy Award, Hayward is exceptional in her ability to wear her emotions as a woman deeply in love. Don't miss whimsical moments with outstanding characters actors Robert Keith and Jessie Royce Landis as Hayward's parents. Based on a story by J.D. Salinger, "My Foolish Heart" is a fine film to curl up with on a rainy Sunday afternoon to relive the first blush of your one true love.


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