None But the Lonely Heart

Overview

Cary Grant delivered Oscar-calibre performances all his life, but only when he played against type in None But the Lonely Heart did the Academy Awards people break down and give him a nomination. Grant plays a restless, irresponsible cockney who seeks a better life but doesn't seem to have the emotional wherewithal to work for such a life. The hero's shiftlessness extends to his love life; musician Jane Wyatt genuinely cares for him, but he prefers the company of fickle gangster's ex-wife June Duprez. June's ...
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Overview

Cary Grant delivered Oscar-calibre performances all his life, but only when he played against type in None But the Lonely Heart did the Academy Awards people break down and give him a nomination. Grant plays a restless, irresponsible cockney who seeks a better life but doesn't seem to have the emotional wherewithal to work for such a life. The hero's shiftlessness extends to his love life; musician Jane Wyatt genuinely cares for him, but he prefers the company of fickle gangster's ex-wife June Duprez. June's former husband George Coulouris convinces Grant that the quickest means to wealth is a life of crime, but Grant drops this aspect of his life to take care of his terminally ill mother Ethel Barrymore. While Cary Grant did not win the Oscar he so richly deserved for None But the Lonely Heart, Ethel Barrymore did cop the gold statuette. Written and directed by Clifford Odets, None But the Lonely Heart unfortunately lost money for RKO, which could have used a little extra cash after paying the expenses of temporarily closing Ms. Barrymore's Broadway play The Corn is Green.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
None But the Lonely Heart would be a worthwhile film if for no other reason than the fact that it showcases a solid-gold dramatic performance from Cary Grant. Arguably the cinema's finest light comic actor (and criminally underestimated by the Academy), Grant easily sheds the sophistication and charm that are his usual hallmarks for this decidedly change-of-pace role and delivers a devastating performance that is rich, complex, and very real. Grant manages to be electrifying but understated; the viewer is compelled to watch, not because of showy fireworks but because of the fine nuances the actor brings to his work. He is matched by the glorious Ethel Barrymore in a beautifully controlled performance; the chemistry between Barrymore and Grant is palpable, making the audience understand the bonds of love and frustration that entangle these two. There's fine supporting work all around, especially from Barry Fitzgerald, George Coulouirs, and a sensitive Jane Wyatt. Clifford Odets' screenplay is carefully structured and features many examples of Odets' mournfully poetic dialogue. As a director, Odets does solid work here; if it could be a little more expansive or imaginative in places, it still works and definitely delivers the goods. Lonely is a "little" film, but it has a melancholy beauty that is haunting and lovely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • UPC: 883316270752
  • Original Release: 1944
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Ernie Mott
Ethel Barrymore Ma Mott
Barry Fitzgerald Twite
June Duprez Ada
Jane Wyatt Aggie Hunter
Dan Duryea Lew Tate
Katherine Allen Millie Wilson
George Atkinson Man with Gramophone
Polly Bailey Ma Floom
Ted Billings Cockney Bum
Sammy Blum
Roman Bohnen Dad Pettyjohn
Matthew Boulton
Eva Leonard Boyne Ma Chalmers
William Challee Knocker
David Clyde Policeman with Stripes
George Coulouris Jim Mordinoy
Marie de Becker Mme. La Vaka
Sayre Dearing
Herbert Evans Police Sergeant
Virginia Farmer Ma Segwiss
Helena Grant Old Woman in Shop
Alec Harford Drunk
Forrester Harvey Bloke
Herbert Heywood Dad Fitchitt
Keith Hitchcock Roly Poly Man
Leyland Hodgson
Charles Irwin Cop at Crash
Rosalind Ivan Mrs. Tate
Jack Jackson
Tiny Jones Woman
Colin Kenny Cop Outside
Skelton Knaggs Slush
Rosemary La Planche Dancer
Morton Lowry Taz
John Meredith Cop
Chef Joseph Milani Rossi
Al Murphy Henchman
Joe North Old Man
Billy O'Leary Cab Driver
Elsa Prescott Old Lady
Barry Regan
Al Rhein
Renie Riano Flo
Amelia Romano Lame Girl
Konstantin Shayne Ike Weber
Yorke Sherwood Call Block Cop
Ernie Shield Man
Ida Shoemaker Old Lady
Art Smith Marjoriebanks
Walter Soderling Pa Floom
Helene Thimig Sister Nurse
Roy Thomas Rookie Policeman
Roy Thomas Rookie Policeman
David Thursby Prison Guard
Diedra Vale Miss Tate
Queenie Vassar Ma Snowden
Clare Verdera Barmaid
Joseph Vitale Cash
Milton Wallace Ike Lesser
Eric Wilton
Bill Wolfe Blind Man
Technical Credits
Clifford Odets Director, Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
George Barnes Cinematographer
Mel Berns Sr. Makeup
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Hanns Eisler Score Composer
Mordecai Gorelik Production Designer
Roland Gross Editor
David Hempstead Producer
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Jack Okey Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Ruby Rosenberg Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Sherman Todd Associate Producer
Richard VanHessen Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
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