Close to My Heart
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The 1951 drama Close to My Heart stars Ray Milland and Gene Tierney as Brad and Midge Sheridan, a married couple unable to have children. When a child is abandoned at a local police station, Midge becomes determined to claim the baby as her own. Before her husband agrees, however, he first wants to find out more about the child's real parents - a quest that soon turns into an obsession that could jeopardize their chances at adoption.
Both Gene Tierney and Ray Milland were loaned out to Warner Bros. to make Close to My Heart - Tierney from 20th Century Fox and Milland from Paramount. Tierney embraced the opportunity. "As Midge Sheridan in Close to My Heart, I had my best role in half a dozen years, the story of a woman who adopts a baby," said Tierney in her 1979 autobiography Self-Portrait. "The part was one that touched the chords of my own experience. I can understand the hunger to have a baby."
Tierney's husband at the time, famed fashion designer Oleg Cassini, created all of her costumes for Close to My Heart, their tenth film working together. It would be the final creative collaboration between the two as the marriage ended in divorce the following year in 1952.
Producer: William Jacobs
Director: William Keighley
Screenplay: James R. Webb (screenplay and novel "A Baby for Midge"); William Keighley (uncredited)
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Art Direction: Leo K. Kuter
Music: Max Steiner
Film Editing: Clarence Kolster
Cast: Ray Milland (Brad Sheridan), Gene Tierney (Midge Sheridan), Fay Bainter (Mrs. Morrow), Howard St. John (I.O. Frost), Mary Beth Hughes (Arlene), Ann Morrison (Mrs. Barker), James Seay (Everett C. Heilner alias Edward C. Hewitt), Baby John (Baby Danny), Eddie Marr (Taxi Driver Dunne).
by Andrea Passafiume