With the sotto voce accent on any social significance, Heart [from Richard Llewellyn's novel] emerges as a medley of simple romance in London's east side, interspersed with a little melodrama. The meller phase doesn't bestir matters until almost an hour and a half from scratch when the limey hoodlums hijack Ike Weber's pawnshop and beat up the kindly loan broker.

With the sotto voce accent on any social significance, Heart [from Richard Llewellyn’s novel] emerges as a medley of simple romance in London’s east side, interspersed with a little melodrama. The meller phase doesn’t bestir matters until almost an hour and a half from scratch when the limey hoodlums hijack Ike Weber’s pawnshop and beat up the kindly loan broker.

Cary Grant starts as a shiftless cockney who lets his struggling mother (Ethel Barrymore) fend for herself with her small, secondhand shop beneath their dingy home until the pawnbroker-friend (well underplayed by Konstantin Shayne) tips him off that his mother is dying of cancer.

When Grant sees the light and decides to cease vagabonding, he becomes an almost model son. An expert clock and furniture repairer and piano-tuner, he helps make his mother’s little business thrive until he himself gets mixed up with the mob, while the mother succumbs to the temptations of dealing in stolen goods.

1944: Best Supp. Actress (Ethel Barrymore)

Nominations: Best Actor (Cary Grant), Editing, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

None But the Lonely Heart

Production

RKO. Director Clifford Odets; Producer David Hempstead; Screenplay Clifford Odets; Camera George Barnes; Editor Roland Gross; Music Hanns Eisler; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Jack Okey

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Ethel Barrymore Barry Fitzgerald June Duprez Jane Wyatt Dan Duryea
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