None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

None But the Lonely Heart





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Cary Grant delivered Oscar-calibre performances all his life, but only when he played against type in None But the Lonely Heart did the Academy Awards people break down and give him a nomination. Grant plays a restless, irresponsible cockney who seeks a better life but doesn't seem to have the emotional wherewithal to work for such a life. The hero's shiftlessness extends to his love life; musician Jane Wyatt genuinely cares for him, but he prefers the company of fickle gangster's ex-wife June … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Llewellyn, Clifford Odets
In Theaters:
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.

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as Ernie Mott

as Aggie Hunter

as Jim Mordiney

as Lew Tate

as Ma Chalmers

as Sister Nurse

as Dad Pettyjohn

as Policeman with Strip...

as Rookie Policeman

as Lame Girl

as Ma Snowden

as Marjoriebanks

as Mrs. Tate

as Dad Fitchitt

as Old Woman in Shop

as Ma Segwiss

as Millie Wilson

as Miss Tate

as Pa Floom

as Ma Floom

as Blind Man

as Man with Gramophone

as Cab Driver

as Old Lady

as Cockney Bum

as Ike Lesser

as Prison Guard

as Prison Guard

as Henchman

as Henchman

as Call Block Cop

as Police Sergeant

as Police Sergeant

as Old Man

as Old Lady

as Roly Poly Man

as Bus Driver

as Mme. La Vaka

as Cab Driver

as Cop at Crash

as Cop Outside
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Critic Reviews for None But the Lonely Heart

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2008
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Clifford Odets' sentimental family melodrama is mostly known today for earning Cary Grant, who's cast against type, competitive Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | June 13, 2012

...quite a change of pace for romantic leading man Cary Grant.

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Movie Metropolis

This depressing and moody melodrama marks the directorial and screenwriting debut for playwright Clifford Odets.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
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Audience Reviews for None But the Lonely Heart

This could have been a great drama, but Grant doesn't give us a great performance, maybe he felt a little too comfortable back at home in England or something? I don't know, but this movie is lacking something, and I found it really boring.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Ernie (played by Cary Grant) has to turn over a new leaf when he learns his mother has cancer. Now that he is stuck in town, he has to deal with making a living and keeping his girlfriend happy. The movie is somewhat depressing as in this era, it is almost impossible to make a living legally, so there is always the lure of illegal activities.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


The kind of role I wish Grant had tried more often. Not "Cary Grantish," if you know what I mean. A wonderful cast all around, with special praise for Barry Fitzgerald and Jane Wyatt. If only Grant had done more like this, he might have made my all-time favorite actor list. Still, this one is so much more "real" than most of his characters, I might have to rethink putting him on the list. NB: Although this might appear to be coming from a kind of a place of gritty realism, it is very much a fairy tale with an appropriate fairly tale ending. I think there might actually be a paper topic in the way Clifford Odets, the writer-director, plays with the conventional elements of realism and tragedy -- perhaps even of naturalism -- on the journey to a classically (not ha-ha funny) comic ending. Just a beautifully done movie.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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