On Valentine's Day

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A prequel to Horton Foote's 1918, On Valentine's Day was filmed in 1984, then held back from release till 1986. On the titular day, Elizabeth Vaughn (Hallie Foote, Horton's daughter) and Horace Robedeaux (William Converse-Roberts) elope. Horace stubbornly refuses to ask for financial assistant from his parents or in-laws, so the penniless couple is compelled to live in an inexpensive boarding house. Their fellow tenants are the usual assortment of eccentrics, including alcoholic Bobby Pate (Richard Jenkins), spinster Miss Ruth (Carol Goodheart), heartbroken George Tyler (Steven Hill) and garrulous young Bessie (Jeanne McCarthy). After several months of enduring the woes of the other boarders, Horace swallows his pride and agrees to allow father-in-law Michael Higgins to support him and Elizabeth. There's a reconciliation, but one tinged with the premonition that Horace and Elizabeth aren't out of the woods yet. Together with Portrait of a Marriage (never released theatrically), On Valentine's Day and 1918 were later reedited and incorporated into a Horton Foote TV trilogy on the PBS network.

Cast

Michael Higgins
as Henry Vaughn
Hallie Foote
as Elizabeth Robedaux
William Converse-Roberts
as Horace Robedaux
Rochelle Oliver
as Mrs. Vaughn
Richard Jenkins
as Bobby Pate
Steven Hill
as George Tyler
Horton Foote
as Steve Tyler
Carol Goodheart
as Miss Ruth
Horton Foote Jr.
as Steve Tyler
Oskar Kelly
as Old Black Man
Tim Green
as Sheriff
Peyton E. Park
as Dr. Goodhue
Artist Thorton
as Young Black Man
Irma P. Hall
as Aunt Charity
Artist Thornton
as Young Black Man
Jack Gould
as Baptist Preacher
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