Song O' My Heart (1930)





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Forty-five-year-old Irish tenor John McCormack made his screen debut in Song o' My Heart. Fans of McCormack would have been satisfied if their idol had simply sung his way through the film's 85 minutes, but Fox Studios insisted on a plotline. The star plays Sean O'Callaghan, a world-renowned singer who gives up his career when his sweetheart Mary O'Brien (Alice Joyce) is forced to marry another. Years later, Mary is deserted by her husband and eventually dies of grief. Still carrying a torch for his lost love, Sean assumes the task of looking after Mary's two children. The kids are played by 11-year-old Tommy Clifford and 19-year-old Maureen O'Sullivan, the latter also making her first film appearance. Lensed partly on location in Ireland, the film provides plenty of opportunity for good old-fashioned blarney, as well as moments of honest sentiment, as when McCormick sings his signature tune "Little Boy Blue" (one of eleven musical highlights). It's hardly a coincidence that Song o' My Heart was released just before St. Patrick's Day, 1930.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Alice Joyce
as Mary O'Brien
John McCormack
as Sean O'Callaghan
Edward Martindel
as Fullerton
John Garrick
as Fergus O'Donnell
Tom Clifford
as Tad O'Brien
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Eileen O'Brien
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Joe Rafferty
Emily Fitzroy
as Aunt Elizabeth
J.M. Kerrigan
as Peter Conlon
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A good chance to see the world's greatest Irish tenor, with some nice touches by director Borzage, too.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

I couldn't get through all of this. The singing was nice, but the staging was stereotypical early-talkie, with a lot of static shots of people talking. Kind of drove me up the wall.

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

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