None but the Lonely Heart (film)
|None But the Lonely Heart|
|Directed by||Clifford Odets|
|Produced by||David Hempstead|
|Written by||Clifford Odets
Richard Llewellyn (novel)
|Music by||Hanns Eisler|
|Editing by||Roland Gross|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||October 17, 1944|
|Running time||113 minutes|
None but the Lonely Heart is a 1944 film which tells the story of a Cockney lad who returns home with no ambitions but finds that his family needs him. Adapted by Clifford Odets from the novel by Richard Llewellyn and directed by Odets, the movie stars Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt, George Coulouris, and Dan Duryea.
None but the Lonely Heart won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Ethel Barrymore) and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cary Grant), Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Hanns Eisler and Constantin Bakaleinikoff).
The screenplay was published in Best Film Plays—1945, eds. John Gassner and Dudley Nichols (New York: Crown, 1946).
None but the Lonely Heart and Sylvia Scarlett (1935) were the only two films in which Cary Grant used a Cockney accent, though that was not his original accent, as he was from Bristol, which has a very different accent from London. The unique vocal intonations with which he spoke in every other film were the happy results of an unsuccessful attempt to go from an English to an American accent so that he wouldn't be limited to playing British roles in American movies.
Ernie Mott (Cary Grant) is a restless, irresponsible, wandering cockney with a good musical ear. His father died in World War I. Ernie wants a better life but doesn't want to settle down or work for it. This extends to his love life; musician Aggie Hunter (Jane Wyatt) genuinely cares for him, but he prefers the company of a gangster's fickle ex-wife Ada Brantline (June Duprez).
When Ernie finds out that his mother has cancer, he decides to stay put, be a good son, and help her run her shop. A series of unfortunate incidents leads to his mother dying in prison, and he fails to win the lasting affection of Ada. At the end of the film there is a mention of the on-going war (World War II) and some indication that Ernie may be going to straighten out his life and perhaps think seriously about settling down with Aggie.
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