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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Robson was the editor of Cat People starring this movie's co-star Kent Smith. Robson then directed Youth Run Wild, both for Val Lewton, that also featured Kent Smith. See more »

Quotes

Walt Dreiser: [to Eloise] May I kiss you the way I would a rich and loathsome aunt?
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Soundtracks

My Foolish Heart
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Martha Mears (uncredited)
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Total wartime romance--Andrews and Hayward are perfect
21 March 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

My Foolish Heart (1949)

Boy this one is under the radar. Talk about high drama, and with the start of WWII at the center of it. I can only imagine how many people weeped at this one in 1949 because the main story is the flashback of a woman who had a romance go wrong, and surely half the audience had their romances go wrong at the start of the war.

Dana Andrews is his cool, charming, warm, funny best, with that usual holding back all the time that makes him slow to like and easy to love. Susan Hayward shows the range she had, from cold, selfish conniver to warm and bubbly innocent. Quite a remarkable pair of performances, and a plot that circles around on itself nicely. The screen writing was by the famous Epstein brothers, who also wrote the core of "Casablanca" (another movie about the start of America's involvement in the war), and there are some zingers here. And some over the top weepy lines, too.

If this movie isn't archetypal or classic, it's only because a few small things don't fully click. One of them might be the all-too-ordinary scenes--there is nothing bigger than life here except the story itself, which of course is meant to be familiar and not bigger than life at all, yet it is because it's so dramatic. There are secondary actors who hold up in varying degrees. Robert Keith plays Hayward's father with total sympathy, but Jessie Royce Landis as her mother is a bit of her usual caricature, not quite fitting in here (except for some light comedy). Kent Smith is a perfect second man, the "good" man who is more honor than charm, but still likable, and Lois Wheeler is a great if somewhat predictable second woman, also all goodness.

But the story, as ordinary as the elements of it are on purpose, grows in its intensity scene by scene until a slightly sudden and convenient wrap.

This is a great one, really, especially if you like films of the period dealing with the war from the home front perspective. There are a few scenes sprinkled through the film that touch on archetypal America--a football game, and a radio announcement saying that a ship had been hit in Pearl Harbor, and good old Grand Central Station. Don't miss this one.


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