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The Secret Heart (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1946 (USA)
Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Whitfield Cook (screenplay), Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Lee Addams
Walter Pidgeon ... Chris Matthews
June Allyson ... Penny Addams
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Rossiger
Robert Sterling ... Chase N. Addams
Marshall Thompson ... Brandon Reynolds
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Stover
Richard Derr ... Larry Addams
Patricia Medina ... Kay Burns
Eily Malyon ... Miss Hunter
Ann Lace Ann Lace ... Penny as a Child
Dwayne Hickman ... Chase as a Child
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Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of disgrace. Lee takes over and devotes her life to paying off Larry's debts and raising her two step-children. Prior to her marriage, Lee had turned down the proposal of Chris Matthews, wealthy ship builder and college friend of Larry's, but he had remained as a true friend to both. On the night of the suicide, Lee and Chris had attended a dinner party together and, horrified and shocked at the death, Lee sends Chris away, and for ten years does everything possible for the children to make up for the loss of their father. Bewildered by some of the strange stories concerning her father, the grown-up Penny (June Allyson) questions Lee and her brother Chase. Later, Penny meets and falls in love with Chris, not realizing he is the man Lee gave up. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SHE had the right to love him...but hesitated! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apolytrosis See more »

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Budget:

$1,735,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Matthews (Walter Pidgeon) drives a brand new 1946 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, one of the first post-WWII models off the assembly line. See more »

Goofs

In the close-up of the newspaper story about Larry Addams' financial collapse, the second paragraph is about another matter entirely. See more »

Quotes

Penny Addams: [she is being called] I won't answer.
Chris Matthews: Why not?
Penny Addams: Boys frighten me.
Chris Matthews: Oh, that's nonsense.
Penny Addams: No. They frighten me. Really they do.
Chris Matthews: Because you haven't met the right one.
Penny Addams: How will I know when I do?
Chris Matthews: Oh, as a matter of fact, you'll fall in love.
Penny Addams: How will I know?
Chris Matthews: You'll know.
[...]
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La Plus que Lente
by Claude Debussy
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Spooky little psychological thriller
18 September 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

June Allyson can't accept stepmom Cluadette Colbert and (after her father dies), begins to lose touch with reality. A very eerie film...sometimes seems more like a horror film. The performances are excellent (especially Allyson and Colbert) and it looks fantastic. The psychology is a bit dated, but the film still works. Not for everybody, but worth seeing.


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