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None But The Lonely Heart
USA 1944
Directed by Clifford Odets
Running time 113 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars

If you ever wanted to argue that Cary Grant couldn't act, his effort here to play a hail-fellow-well-met Cockney lad, Ernie Mott, an itinerant who reluctantly returns home to help his sick mother run her shop, would constitute a prime piece of evidence. On the other hand Ethel Barrymore won the Best Supporting Actress for her performance as his ailing mother.

Although the Leftist playwright Clifford Odets' intellectually abstract, unconvincingly articulate dialogue compounds the lack of credibilty this is an interesting failure that tries to tackle the ironies of the human condition with style and compassion.

FYI: Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England. 




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