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No Sad Songs for Me (1950)

No Sad Songs for Me (1950)

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Rudolph Mate directs this sentimental melodrama about a ridiculously self-sacrificing wife based on the book by Ruth Southard and starring a 12-year-old Natalie Wood. Mary Scott (Margaret Sullavan) is pregnant when she finds out that she has terminal cancer with only a few months left to live. She keeps this information a secret from her husband, Brad Scott (Wendell Corey), who is carrying on an affair with his assistant, Chris Radna (Viveca Lindfors). Mary encourages her husband to pursue Chris as a replacement wife and mother after she dies. While on a final vacation with Brad, Mary dies and leaves Chris at home babysitting their daughter, Polly (Natalie Wood). No Sad Songs for Me features an Oscar-nominated score by George Duning. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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PG
Genre:
Drama
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Columbia Pictures

Cast

Margaret Sullavan
as Mary Scott
Wendell Corey
as Brad Scott
Viveca Lindfors
as Chris Radna
Natalie Wood
as Polly Scott
John McIntire
as Dr. Ralph Frene
Ann Doran
as Louise Spears
Richard Quine
as Brownie
Jeanette Nolan
as Mona Frene
Dorothy Tree
as Frieda Miles
Raymond Greenleaf
as Mr. Caswell
Harlan Warde
as Lee Corbett
Margo Woode
as Doris Weldon
Harry V. Cheshire
as Mel Fenelly
Douglas Evans
as Jack Miles
Sumner Getchell
as George Spears
Lucille Browne
as Mrs. Hendrickson
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Cast: Margaret Sullivan, Wendell Corey, Viveca Lindfors, Natalie Wood, John McIntire, Ann Doran, Dorothy Tree, Richard Quine, Jeanette Nolan Director: Rudolph Mate Summary: Rudolph Mate directs this sentimental melodrama about a ridiculously self-sacrificing wife based on the book by Ruth Southard and starring a 12-year-old Natalie Wood. Mary Scott (Margaret Sullavan) is... read more pregnant when she finds out that she has terminal cancer with only a few months left to live. She keeps this information a secret from her husband, Brad Scott (Wendell Corey), who is carrying on an affair with his assistant, Chris Radna (Viveca Lindfors). My Thoughts: "A beautiful story about a strong mother and wife who struggles in silence with her disease and the acceptance that she is dying. Her husband Brad is fascinated by Chris and even starts a somewhat affair with her which infuriates you but you also believe that he's absolutely in love with his wife. Instead of ripping into Brad like a wife these days would, she sees this as an opportunity for Brad to be happy after she is gone, and sees Chris as someone who may be a good mother to her young Polly. Chris is not someone you will hate even though you want too. Great story."

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Lovely & Poignantly Beautiful.A Selfless Mother(Margaret Sullavan) learns she has cancer & decides to keep it a secret but encourage her husband(Wendell Corey) to find a girlfriend to be be a replacement Mother to her daughter(a very young Natalie Wood). This must be the catalyst for a sim story years later with Susan Sarandon, Step Mom

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

good weepy sorta melodrama about a woman who finds out she has 10 months to live and decides to keep it from her husband & family.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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