None But the Lonely Heart Reviews
A son returns home to help his sickly mother tend her shop. They don't exactly have a loving and caring relationship and are constantly taking barbs at each other. As the mother gets sicker and money gets shorter, the two consider turning to crime to make ends meet. The mother tries to talk her son out of his bad ideas, but eventually time may cause for desperate acts...
"I wonder what the weatherman calls for tomorrow."
"Probably rain, followed by suicide in bed."
Clifford Odets, director of The Story on Page One, delivers None But the Lonely Heart in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and intricate. The characters are very well written and I loved the script. The acting is also first rate and the cast includes Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, Jane Wyatt, and June Duprez.
"I'll sink you worse than any Titanic."
I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during a Cary Grant marathon. Grant is one of my all time favorite actors and I was excited to see this picture. I will say this isn't his best movie, as the plot may not be as compelling as some of his work, but his character is very dynamic and unpredictable. I strongly recommend seeing this gem.
"Life is a piece of meat when you know how."
Probably Grant's best performance. One of his two Oscar nominations. He brings to life a flawed character trying to deal with the consequences of his own shortcomings, in addition to the hardships around him. At his vaudevillian best. There's a very genuine quality about the relationships.
My first Ethel Barrymore film. A superb performance.
One gets the sense that the film isn't quite sure what it wants to be. It's somewhat schizophrenic. It carries a haunting nature about itself, & forebodes, to be sure. But whether it fully delivers on a dramatic level is slightly less certain.
It was made in the midst of the war, and like many war pictures, carried a solemnity about it. It did a good job of tying together the motif.