My Foolish Heart (1949)

“If I said what I felt, I’d start to cry. And I won’t cry in a cocktail lounge.” – Eloise Winters

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A woman in a troubled marriage reminisces about her single days as she tries to decide what to do.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never even heard of before coming across it during my journey to watch all films that have had Oscar nominated performances.

The premise of the film works really well even though that at the time that this film was made, certain aspect of this story needed to be glossed over and alluded to instead of stating things in a straight forward way.

Susan Hayward is great in the lead role of this movie and is able to make us care so much about her character and all that happens to her along the way.

The story is mostly told in flashback yet works so well in establishing these characters and the events of their lives.

Hayward was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here.

Her chemistry with costar Dana Andrews is great and it is easy to believe the way that their relationship progresses over the course of the film.

This movie deals with some great themes in a clever way that enhances the way that one can enjoy the story as it plays out so interestingly.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works despite the fact that the story is only allowed to allude to certain aspects of the story instead of stating things outright. Hayward does a wonderful job in the lead role and makes the viewer care so much about what happens to her over the course of the film.  She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film.  She has great chemistry with Andrews as we slowly watch their relationship develop.  The film deals with some very intriguing themes in an clever way that helps make the story enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Teresa Wright was originally cast as Eloise Winters, but after a dispute with producer Samuel Goldwyn, she was replaced at the last minute by Susan Hayward. Hayward went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance, but lost to Olivia de Havilland for her performance in The Heiress (1949). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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2 thoughts on “My Foolish Heart (1949)

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