A human story taken from real life, The Divided Heart fails to tug the emotional heartstrings and ends up as little more than a conventional if convincing meller. Film is based on an actual story featured in Life in which a blood mother claims her son, who had legally been adopted during the war by German parents.

A human story taken from real life, The Divided Heart fails to tug the emotional heartstrings and ends up as little more than a conventional if convincing meller. Film is based on an actual story featured in Life in which a blood mother claims her son, who had legally been adopted during the war by German parents.

The narrative is sincerely developed from the actual documentation of the case. It spotlights the dilemma of the American tribunal which has to decide whether the boy should remain with his foster parents or be sent to his real mother. The circumstances are mainly depicted in flashback during the hearing by the American judges.

At no time does the script measure up to the real heartache of the actual incident and there is rarely more than a superficial approach to this postwar problem. The cast is more than adequate, however, and Cornell Borchers and Yvonne Mitchell give stirring performances as the two mothers involved in the dilemma.

The Divided Heart

UK

Production

Ealing. Director Charles Crichton; Producer Michael Balcon; Screenplay Jack Whittingham, Richard Hughes; Camera Otto Heller; Editor Peter Bezencenet; Music Georges Auric

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Cornell Borchers Yvonne Mitchell Armin Dahlen Alexander Knox Geoffrey Keen Liam Redmond

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