None But the Lonely Heart

None But the Lonely Heart

Director: Clifford Odets

Cast: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald

     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0883316270752
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
5,327

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 Actor
Matthew Boulton Actor
David Clyde Policeman with Stripes
Sayre Dearing Actor
Marie de Becker Mme. La Vaka
Herbert Evans Police Sergeant
Helena Grant Old Woman in Shop
Alec Harford Drunk
Forrester Harvey Bloke
Herbert Heywood Dad Fitchitt
Keith Hitchcock Roly Poly Man
Leyland Hodgson Actor
Charles Irwin Cop at Crash
Jack Jackson Actor
Tiny Jones Woman
Colin Kenny Cop Outside
Skelton Knaggs Slush
Rosemary La Planche Dancer
John Meredith Cop
Chef Joseph Milani Rossi
Al Murphy Henchman
Joe North Old Man
Billy O'Leary Cab Driver
Elsa Prescott Old Lady
Al Rhein Actor
Yorke Sherwood Call Block Cop
Walter Soderling Pa Floom
Roy Thomas Rookie Policeman
David Thursby Prison Guard
Queenie Vassar Ma Snowden
Clare Verdera Barmaid
Joseph Vitale Cash
Milton Wallace Ike Lesser
Eric Wilton Actor
Bill Wolfe Blind Man
Amelia Romano Lame Girl
Diedra Vale Miss Tate
Barry Regan Actor
Ida Shoemaker Old Lady
Ernie Shield Man
George Coulouris Jim Mordinoy
Roman Bohnen Dad Pettyjohn
Konstantin Shayne Ike Weber
Eva Leonard Boyne Ma Chalmers
William Challee Knocker
Virginia Farmer Ma Segwiss
Rosalind Ivan Mrs. Tate
Morton Lowry Taz
Renie Riano Flo
Art Smith Marjoriebanks
Helene Thimig Sister Nurse

Technical Credits
Clifford Odets Director,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
George Barnes Cinematographer
Mel Berns 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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