Dear Heart


1h 54m 1964
Dear Heart

Brief Synopsis

A middle-aged postmistress falls for an engaged man during a convention in New York.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Big Weekend, The Out-of-Towners
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 2 Dec 1964
Production Company
Out-of-Towners Co.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Evie Jackson, a smalltown postmistress whose compulsive friendliness causes men to avoid her, arrives in New York City to attend a postmasters' convention and meets Harry Mork, a recently-promoted greeting card salesman staying at the same hotel. Harry, who is engaged to Phyllis, a widow from Altoona, Pennsylvania, looks forward to settling down after years on the road. Like other men, he is wary of Evie, but after an unhappy rendezvous with June, a magazine salesgirl, he accepts Evie's invitation to a party. He enjoys her company, and she begins to fall in love with him. Evie learns of Harry's forthcoming wedding when he takes her to see the apartment he has rented for himself and his wife, and she decides to return home. Phyllis arrives in New York and visits the apartment with Harry. They find Phyllis' teenaged son, Patrick, living there with his beatnik girl friend, Zola, and learn that the boy plans to stay. Phyllis announces that she prefers to live in hotels because she is tired of housekeeping, and it becomes apparent that she plans to marry Harry to unburden herself of responsibilities and chiefly of the problems involved in raising a son. Harry leaves her and rushes to Pennsylvania Station in time to prevent Evie's departure.

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Film Details

Also Known As
The Big Weekend, The Out-of-Towners
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 2 Dec 1964
Production Company
Out-of-Towners Co.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White

Award Nominations

Best Song

1964

Articles

Dear Heart


In Dear Heart (1964), Geraldine Page (Best Actress Academy Award winner for The Trip to Bountiful in 1985) portrays Evie Jackson, a naive but self-sufficient small town postmistress visiting New York for a postal convention. She strikes up a friendship with businessman Harry Mork (Glenn Ford), a hotel guest who is troubled by his social-climbing fiance Phyllis (Angela Lansbury) and her beatnik son, Patrick (Michael Anderson, Jr.). As Harry and Evie slowly fall in love, the former is distracted by a sexy shop girl, his fiance's sudden visit, and her exasperating son. The frantic quality of his life almost causes Harry to miss the one thing that would ensure his future happiness.

Although Dear Heart is not one of Delbert Mann's most acclaimed films, it is essential viewing for Geraldine Page's performance alone. As her affection for Glenn Ford's character deepens, she alternates between a touching vulnerability and a barely suppressed hysteria. Veteran character actresses Ruth McDevitt (The Birds, 1963), Alice Pearce (TV's Bewitched series, 1964-66), and Mary Wickes (Sister Act, 1992) turn in comic performances as a trio of convention-going spinsters foreshadowing Evie's future without Harry, and Richard Deacon (The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961-66) appears as a fussy conventioneer. The songs sung by the postal workers in the hotel bar are memorable and Henry Mancini, author of the hypnotic "Peter Gunn Theme", wrote the title tune for the film. Dear Heart was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Song, but lost to "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins (1964).

Director: Delbert Mann
Producer: Martin Manulis
Screenplay: Tad Mosel
Cinematography: Russell Harlan
Editor: Folmar Blangsted
Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright
Music: Henry Mancini
Cast: Glenn Ford (Harry Mork), Geraldine Page (Evie Jackson), Angela Lansbury (Phyllis), Michael Anderson Jr. (Patrick), Barbara Nichols (June Loveland).
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by Jessica Handler
Dear Heart

Dear Heart

In Dear Heart (1964), Geraldine Page (Best Actress Academy Award winner for The Trip to Bountiful in 1985) portrays Evie Jackson, a naive but self-sufficient small town postmistress visiting New York for a postal convention. She strikes up a friendship with businessman Harry Mork (Glenn Ford), a hotel guest who is troubled by his social-climbing fiance Phyllis (Angela Lansbury) and her beatnik son, Patrick (Michael Anderson, Jr.). As Harry and Evie slowly fall in love, the former is distracted by a sexy shop girl, his fiance's sudden visit, and her exasperating son. The frantic quality of his life almost causes Harry to miss the one thing that would ensure his future happiness. Although Dear Heart is not one of Delbert Mann's most acclaimed films, it is essential viewing for Geraldine Page's performance alone. As her affection for Glenn Ford's character deepens, she alternates between a touching vulnerability and a barely suppressed hysteria. Veteran character actresses Ruth McDevitt (The Birds, 1963), Alice Pearce (TV's Bewitched series, 1964-66), and Mary Wickes (Sister Act, 1992) turn in comic performances as a trio of convention-going spinsters foreshadowing Evie's future without Harry, and Richard Deacon (The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961-66) appears as a fussy conventioneer. The songs sung by the postal workers in the hotel bar are memorable and Henry Mancini, author of the hypnotic "Peter Gunn Theme", wrote the title tune for the film. Dear Heart was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Song, but lost to "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins (1964). Director: Delbert Mann Producer: Martin Manulis Screenplay: Tad Mosel Cinematography: Russell Harlan Editor: Folmar Blangsted Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright Music: Henry Mancini Cast: Glenn Ford (Harry Mork), Geraldine Page (Evie Jackson), Angela Lansbury (Phyllis), Michael Anderson Jr. (Patrick), Barbara Nichols (June Loveland). BW-115m. by Jessica Handler

Quotes

Well that is the messiest pile of trays I have ever seen in a hotel corridor.
- Harry Mork

Trivia

Notes

Prerelease titles: The Out-of-Towners and The Big Weekend.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 1964

Released in United States Winter December 1964