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Cary Grant on Steroids
Cary Grant was never more delicious than he was in this movie. So moving and so human. He was a gift for sure.
Strong Petformances Buoy Flawed Film
This story apparently held great appeal for Cary Grant. While it was not among his best films, it was reportedly his personal favorite. Perhaps Grant connected with the mother/son aspect of the movie because of the loss of a mother in his own life (his father had his wife committed to a mental institution & Grant was under the impression that his sister was his mother into adulthood). He delivers a strong performance which garnered him his only oscar nomination. Ethyl Barrymore won her oscar for the role of the mother. Although a brilliant writer, Clifford Odets proved to be a clumsy director & that, in addition to the censorship restrictions on the source novel, is the major stumbling block here. June Duprez is fine as the gangster wife tart. And, given the limited scenes she's given, Jane Wyatt acquits herself well as the pure & decent fellow musician to Grant. Throw in some Barry Fitzgerald & thugmaster George Coulouris for good measure & you have just enough to hold your interest for the 113m run time.
Strong Performances In Flawed Film
This story apparently held a strong appeal for Cary Grant. While it was not among his best films, it was reportedly his personal favorite. Perhaps the loss of his own mother in his life (his father had her commited to a mental institution & Grant was under the impression his sister was his mother until adulthood) caused him to connect with the movie's mother/son relationship in a unique way. In spite of being too old for the part, he delivers a strong performance which garnered him his only Oscar nomination. Ethyl Barrymore won her Oscar as the mother & if the jail cell deathbed scene doesn't rip your heart out, do not pass GO, do not collect $250.00 & forfeit your live human being card. Although a brilliant writer, Clifford Odets proved to be a clumsy director and that combined with the censorship restrictions on the source novel are the biggest stumbling blocks. As far as the love interests, June Duprez is fine as the gangster wife tart and, given the limited scenes she's given, Jane Wyatt acquits herself well as the pure & decent fellow musician to Grant. Throw in some Barry Fitzgerald & thug master George Colouris for good measure & you have just enough to hold interest for the 113m run time.
None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
- Mr. Blandings
There is no doubt in my mind that Cary Grant is an actor with range, comedy to drama, but this film is dreadfully dull and drab. While Cary does a good job of it, I think he's too mature looking for this role for the words that come out of the character's mouth. This isn't Monkey Business here. Anyway, it's a hard film to rewatch. I've seen it twice now and it doesn't improve with subsequent viewings.
None but the Lonely Heart
- Dashiell B.
A broody, cold story from Odet's. Grant gives an ambitious, Oscar-nominated performance as a neer-do-well who tries to help his dying mother, a role for which Barrymore won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The story is gloomy and most of the time, dull and flat. Only fans of Grant can truly appreciate this film. I give it a 3/5.
None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
Cary Grant's best performance. You wonder how Grant didn't win an oscar for this movie. You also see what a talent the beautiful Jane Wyatt was. She wasted yrs. on "Father Knows Best". Ethel Barrymore is okay, I know she was a "big name" at the time, but I also think a dozen different actresses could have played this same role just as well. The story is depressing and the end of the movice leaves you wanting more. All in all, worth seeing just to watch Cary Grant's performance.
None But the Lonely Heart
- Michael Sweeney
With an excellent supporting cast, this is probably Cary Grant's best and most touching performance. This proves he was as good as any of the best.
None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
- Jay Higgins
Cary Grant received his one and only Oscar nomination for this film (as hard as that is to believe). It's a very offbeat role for him and he is excellent. It's not one of his best films however, but it is still a fine drama. Ethel Barrymore is outstanding in the role of his dying mother.
This Movie Should be DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
You know, this film should be on DVD. After all, Ethel Barrymore did win an Academy Award for best supporting actress and I do like Barry Fitzgerald.
This movie underscores Cary Grant's gift for playing different characters across genre lines in the most convincing and powerful of ways. CG could do comedy to perfection and romance like, well, like no other! When he engaged in dramatic roles, the performances were at once sophisticated, haunting, heartwarming and always believable. In None But The Lonely Heart, he embodies Ernie Mott in with such rawness one can sense he is revisiting his roots and that this performance is a truly personal one. Long before the "Method" became all the rage, there were Cary Grant's performances in NBTLH, Penny Serenade, Notorious just to name a few, making him a screen legend along the way.
NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART
- MELINDA PARKE
I'M A TOTAL CLASSIC MOVIE BUFF AND HAVE HEARD OF THE FILM BUT SOMEHOW I HAVE MISSED IT...UNTIL TONIGHT. CARY CRANT WAS AMAZING!!!THE BEST THING HE EVER DID!!! EVERYTHING IS GREAT...THE DIRECTION, LIGHTING, STAGING. PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING....COSTUMES AND SETS PERFECTLY DREARY!!! AND ETHEL BARRYMORE SHOWS EVERY BIT THE LADY OF THE STAGE SHE WAS....THE MERYL STREEP OF HER DAY. THANK YOU JACK KLUGMAN AND TCM FOR SUCH A THRILL!!!
Cary Grant shows he is also great dramatic actor.
Different for Grant, but he is great in role. Can feel the despair of the actors.
Cary Grant in a natural role
I was thoroughly entranced with Cary Grant in the role of Ernest. Although he had been in Hollywood for several years, his cockney roots came through excellently. And, having read Eliot's bio of him, this couldn't have been easy nor too much of a stretch for him--looks like a movie version of the events with his own mother. It seems to me that this was a time where Grant was breaking away from the screwball comedies and really turning up the leading man charisma.The movie is really cliche...but worth watching for some stellar performances by all the actors, but especially Grant.