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Change of Heart

Change of Heart(1938)

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When workaholic advertising executive Anthony Murdock returns from a business trip, he is dismayed to learn that his wife Carol, who is a professional golfer, is playing in a tournament and cannot meet him until later. Tony is so annoyed by Carol's tardiness that he eats dinner without her, thereby ruining the surprise dinner she had planned for their wedding anniversary. When Carol arrives, Tony accuses her of preferring golf and her golfing partner, Phillip Reeves, to him. Tony's selfishness and unfounded jealousy finally drives Carol over the edge, and she tells him that she is sick of his egotism. The couple agree to separate, and Carol leaves after stating that she does not need any of his money. Tony regrets his rash actions, and the next day, when he overhears his secretaries gossip about Carol doing the right thing by leaving him, he realizes that something is amiss in his life. He queries his oldest employee, Tom Jones, who tells him that he works too hard and has forgotten how to trust people. Jones suggests that Tony take up golf as a way of relaxing and winning back Carol, and Tony reluctantly agrees. At the country club, Tony is assigned young Jimmy Milligan as his caddy, and Jimmy quickly becomes fed up with Tony's temper as he muffs his shots. After Tony apologizes, the pair become friends and Jimmy reveals that he is an orphan and lives alone in a shack by the golf course. As time passes, Tony learns to control his temper and relax, while Carol is pursued by Phillip, who is in love with her. Several months after their separation, Carol and Tony are paired in a game by Jimmy, who is not aware that they are married because he knows Carol by her professional name, Wayne. Carol is impressed by the apparent changes in Tony, and after the game, the couple go to find a dog for Jimmy to replace one he had named "Corky." Corky was a "Shepper-Newfounder," a mutt sold to Jimmy as a purebred, and Carol and Tony have difficulties finding a dog matching Corky's peculiar characteristics. They finally find one, however, and Jimmy is overjoyed by his new friend, "Rex." Despite an earlier argument over Tony's suspicions about Carol's expensive apartment, Carol agrees to go home with him for dinner. The couple are on the verge of reconciling when Tony opens a letter from his lawyer and discovers that Carol, who used to be a professional model, has been supporting herself by modeling swimsuits and lingerie. Tony angrily declares that she has humiliated him by working instead of taking money from him, and Carol storms out. Two weeks later, Tony goes to the club and finds out from Phillip that Carol is in London. Because he believes that Phillip intends to join Carol after the divorce is final, Tony challenges him to a game of golf, and the two men end up fighting. After Phillip gives Tony a good thrashing, he reveals that Carol is still in love with her foul-tempered mate. Tony rushes to England with Jimmy and Rex, and his appearance convinces Carol that he truly loves her. The reunited couple cuddle as they look at a billboard of a baby, and Tony suggests that they should have one of their own.