My Foolish Heart (1949)





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Producer Samuel Goldwyn dishes up sentiment by the bowlful with My Foolish Heart. Susan Hayward is (somewhat unconvincingly) cast as a wide-eyed girl from Idaho who meets bon vivant Dana Andrews at a Manhattan party. Their brief affair results in a pregnancy, but since Andrews has been killed in the war, Hayward marries a man she doesn't love to give her child a name. The experience turns the girl into an embittered alcoholic, but she sees the light before she can cause grief for her baby. Based on a story by J. D. Salinger (the only one of this reclusive author's stories ever translated to film), My Foolish Heart strains credulity to the breaking point, but was popular enough to yield a hit title song, which is still a standard on "easy listening" FM radio stations.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Susan Hayward
as Eloise Winters
Dana Andrews
as Walt Dreiser
Kent Smith
as Lewis H. Wengler
Lois Wheeler
as Mary Jane
Jesse Royce Landis
as Martha Winters
Jessie Royce Landis
as Martha Winters
Robert Keith
as Henry Winters
Gigi Perreau
as Ramona
Todd Karns
as Escort
Phillip Pine
as Sgt. Lucey
Martha Mears
as Nightclub Singer
Edna Holland
as Dean Whiting
Barbara Woodell
as Red Cross receptionist
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Crandall
Jerry Paris
as Usher
Phyllis Coates
as Girl on Phone
Bud Stark
as Elevator Operator
Edward Peil Sr.
as Conductor
Billy Lord
as Spectator
Tom Gibson
as Spectator
Bob Strong
as Spectator
Kay Marlowe
as Spectator
Sam Ash
as Spectator
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Critic Reviews for My Foolish Heart

All Critics (2)

Salinger was so dismayed at what Hollywood did to his story, that it was the first and last time that they got their hands on one of his stories.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Susan Hayward received the first of her five Oscar nominations fo this well-acted medlodrama (woman's picture), loosely based on J.D. Salinger's story.

Full Review… | August 14, 2011

Audience Reviews for My Foolish Heart


Just a tad bit too silly to be considered seriously. This is apparently a Salinger adaptation and Salinger was none too pleased with the result. I wouldn't be either.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Sentimental wartime drama with Susan Hayward strong in the lead, she was Oscar nominated. Dana Andrews is fine as her love interest but the strongest supporting performance comes from Robert Keith as Susan's father This includes a scene that is surprisingly frank for the times dealing with hasty wartime marriages and the realities once the war is over. Based on the only J.D. Salinger story he ever allowed to be adapted, he hated the results, it's not a great film but certainly an enjoyable one particularly if you're a Hayward fan.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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