Showing posts with label None but the Lonely Heart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label None but the Lonely Heart. Show all posts

Friday, September 22, 2023

None But The Lonely Heart (1944)

   "...plays its ...hero so attentively and sympathetically..."

With Konstantin Shayne.

None But The Lonely Heart - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"None But The Lonely Heart, a story about the education of a young man in London's pre-war slums, is an unusually sincere, almost-good film and was made under unusually unexpected auspices.  Its star, Cary Grant, asked that it be made, and plays its far from Cary Grantish hero so attentively and sympathetically that I all but overlooked the fact that he is not well constituted for the role.  Its most notable player, Ethel Barrymore, seemed miscast too, but I was so soft as to be far more than satisfied by her beauty and authority.  Its director, Clifford Odets, who also turned Richard Llewellyn's novel into the screen play, is still liable to write - or preserve from the book - excessive lines like "dreaming the better man"; he suggests his stage background as well as his talent by packaging his bits too neatly; and his feeling for light, shade, sound, perspective, and business is too luscious for my taste.  But I believe that even if he doesn't get rid of such faults he will become a good director.  I base my confidence in him chiefly on  the genuine things about his faith in and love for people, which are as urgent and evident here as his sentimentalities; on two very pretty moments in the film, one of two drunken men playing with their echoes under an arch, the other of two little girls all but suffocated by their shy adoration of the hero; and on the curiously rich, pitiful, fascinating person, blended of Cockney and the Bronx, whom he makes of a London girl, with the sensitive help of June Duprez.  I suppose I should be equally impressed by the fact that the picture all but comes right out and says that it is a bad world which can permit poor people to be poor; but I was impressed rather because Odets was more interested in filling his people with life and grace than in explaining them, arguing over them, or using them as boxing gloves." 

- James Agee, The Nation

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 46 - None But The Lonely Heart (Lobby Card Style)

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Quote From Today... None But The Lonely Heart (1944)

"Oh, that? Friend of mine. Knew him when."

With Jane Wyatt.

None But The Lonely Heart was Cary Grant's 46th full length feature film.

Ada Brantline: [after Ada has seen Ernie give money to an older man who was rummaging through some trash] Charitable sort, you are.

Ernie Mott: Oh, that? Friend of mine. Knew him when.

Ada Brantline: When what?

Ernie Mott: When he was a man. Old Ike Weber, a friend of my Ma's, told me this: "As I was out walking, I saw in the distance what seemed an animal. Come up closer, and see it was a man. Come still closer, and see it was my brother."

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On This Day...None But The Lonely Heart (1944)

 Cary Grant's 46th full length feature film was None But The Lonely Heart, released today in 1944.

Cary Grant plays Ernie Mott, an embittered man who turns to a band of thieves in an attempt at getting a better life for himself and his mother, Ma Mott (Ethel Barrymore).

Grant asked that the film, based on Richard Llewellyn's novel, be made. Clifford Odets who directed the film also wrote the screenplay.

Cary Grant was nominated for the Academy Award's category for Best Actor. Ethel Barrymore won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

With Jane Wyatt.

"Cary Grant, as the good-for-nothing Ernie Mott, has a rare chance to burrow inside of a character and come out with something more than his usual charm and skillfully tuned comic touches." 
- Hermine Rich Isaacs, Theatre Arts Magazine.

"Cary Grant...plays its far from Cary Grantish hero so attentively and sympathetically that I all but overlooked the fact that he is not well constituted for the role." - James Agee, The Nation.

With Ethel Barrymore and Barry Fitzgerald.


Ernie Mott                  Cary Grant
Ma Mott                     Ethel Barrymore
Aggie Hunter             Jane Wyatt 
Ada                            June Duprez
Twite                          Barry Fitzgerald
Jim Mordinoy             George Coulouris
Did Pettyjohn              Roman Bohnen
Ile Weber                    Konstantin Shayne
Lew Tate                    Dan Duryea
Mrs. Tate                    Rosalind Ivan
Miss Tate                    Dierdre Vale
Ma Chalmers              Eva Leonard Boyne
Ma Snowden              Queenie Vassar
Millie Wilson              Katherine Allen               
Cash                           Joseph Vitale
Taz                             Morton Lowry
Knocker                     William Challee
Slush                          Skelton Knagg
Ma Saegiviss             Virginia Farmer
Marjoriebanks            Art Smith
Ike Lesser                   Milton Wallace
Sister Nurse                Helen Thimig
Flo                              Renie Riano
Percy                          Marcel Dill

With June Duprez.

Lobby Cards:

"A Desolate Heart" in Spanish.

Directed by Clifford Odets.
Produced and distributed by RKO Radio.
Running time: 113 minutes.

With Barry Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

And the Winner is...!

Of all the praise and adulation that Cary Grant received during his film career, one award eluded him.

Although being nominated twice for an Academy Award, he never actually won one!

Grant had boycotted the Oscars for twelve years.

He did finally receive an Academy Award for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting, in 1970.

Frank Sinatra presented the Honorary Award.

Cary Grant did however appear in a number of films that were nominated for Academy Awards in various categories and some won too!

Listed below are all the Cary Grant films that had Oscar nominations...and winners!

1932 - She Done Him Wrong
1937 - The Awful Truth
1940 - The Philadelphia Story
1941 - Suspicion
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1947 - The Bishop's Wife

1940 - James Stewart - The Philadelphia Story (Winner)

1941 - Cary Grant - Penny Serenade
1944 - Cary Grant - None but the Lonely Heart

Nominated for Best Actor in Penny Serenade and None But the Lonely Heart.

1937 - Leo McCarey - The Awful Truth (Winner)

1940 - George Cukor - The Philadelphia Story
1947 - Henry Koser - The Bishop's Wife

1940 - Ruth Hussey - The Philadelphia Story
1944 - Ethel Barrymore - None But The Lonely Heart(Winner)

1937 - Ralph Bellamy - The Awful Truth
1937 - Roland Young - Topper
1946 - Claude Rains - Notorious

1937 - Irene Dunne - The Awful Truth
1940 - Katharine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story
1941 - Joan Fontaine - Suspicion(Winner)

1939 - Only Angels Have Wings

1937 - Topper
1940 - The Howard's of Virginia
1942 - Once Upon a Honeymoon
1947 - The Bishop's Wife(Winner)
1962 - That Touch of Mink
1964 - Father Goose

1940 - The Howards of Virginia
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1941 - Suspicion
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1944 - None but the Lonely Heart
1946 - Night and Day
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1942 - The Talk of the Town
1955 - To Catch a Thief(Winner)
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1938 - Holiday
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1955 - To Catch a Thief
1959 - North by Northwest
1962 - That Touch of Mink

1937 - The Awful Truth
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1944 - None but the Lonely Heart
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1959 - North by Northwest
1964 - Father Goose

1953 - Dream Wife
1955 - To Catch a Thief
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1936 - Suzy
1957 - An Affair to Remember
1958 - Houseboat
1963 - Charade

BEST WRITING FOR THE SCREEN (original story or screen play)
1937 - The Awful Truth
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1940 - The Philadelphia Story(Winner)
1942 - The Talk of the Town (Original Writing)
1942 - The Talk of the Town (Screen play)
1943 - Destination Tokyo
1946 - Notorious
1947 - The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(Winner)
1959 - North by Northwest
1962 - That Touch of Mink
1964 - Father Goose

With Ingrid Bergman's Academy Award in 1957, that he received on her behalf for Best Actress in Anastasia(1956)

Presenting an Academy Award in 1958 with Jean Simmons.
It was to Sir Alec Guinness for "Bridge Over the River Kwai". 

She accepted the Oscar on his behalf.

Cary Grant was also honored with presenting Honorary Academy Awards to his fellow actors and friends.

Sir Laurence Olivier in 1979.

And to James Stewart in 1985.

Always the Winner!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

My Favorite Film(s) of the 1940's...In Second Place!

Wow! This is was such a hard decade to pick only one film!

So close seconds...

My Favorite Wife (1940)....Brilliant pairing with Irene Dunne, again!

Penny Serenade (1941)....with Irene Dunne again! Who can forget the scene in the judges office?

None But the Lonely Heart (1944)....With Ethel Barrymore as Ma.

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)....Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple, "You remind me of a man..."

Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)...Again with Myrna Loy..."For thirteen hundred doillars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and rough it!"

I Was A Male War Bride (1949)....With Ann Sheridan...That wig!!!