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My Foolish Heart [VHS] (1949)

Dana Andrews , Susan Hayward , Mark Robson  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith, Lois Wheeler, Jessie Royce Landis
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: J.D. Salinger, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 31, 1995
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303347703
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

After a long absence, Mary Jane visits her schoolfriend Eloise, and Eloise's daughter Ramona. Eloise drinks too much and is unhappily married to Lew Wengler. Eloise falls asleep and remembers her time with her true love, Walt Dreiser, at the beginning of the Second World War. She recalls the events that lead up to her split with Mary Jane, and how Lew married Eloise rather than Mary Jane.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Hayward's best October 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It's a shame that MY FOOLISH HEART is not currently available on video. For the movie is an excellent, bittersweet love story with one of Susan Hayward's finest performances.
The film is based on a short story written by J.D. Salinger for The New Yorker magazine (although I've read the story and the movie's script is MUCH expanded from the original). A trusting and somewhat naive college girl named Eloise Winters falls for a charming but irresponsible man on the eve of WWII. She gives her heart a little too quickly, and tragedy results.
Although some reviewers peg MY FOOLISH HEART as little more than an old-fashioned "weepie," the movie actually has many sound virtues. The script is sharp and realistic, with some welcome touches of humor. The black-and-white, deep-focus photography is excellent. And Victor Young's musical score--with its famous title tune--is beautiful.
Dana Andrews and the supporting players do fine work (with Robert Keith, as Hayward's loving, level-headed father being a real stand-out). But it's Hayward who truly wraps up the film with her outstanding performance. She may not always be entirely convincing, especially in some of her early scenes as a dewy-eyed college girl. But when the script turns darker, she reponds with an acting job that is stunning and deeply felt. She really gets to the heart of Eloise's fear, longing and regret. Even in shots where she has no dialogue, Hayward's facial expressions can be absolutely devastating.
If you look to movies for a good, emotionally cathartic experience, you won't be disappointed with MY FOOLISH HEART.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget it!! December 10, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie on t.v. only once.... approximately 25 years ago.. And to this day I remember it as if it were just yesterday!

It is one of my all time favorite movies.. it had it all... and whenever talking about old movies I ALWAYS tell people about that one!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my foolish heart September 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
THIS IS A VERY ROMANTIC, SAD, & TOUCHING STORY SET DURING WWII. I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE AS A YOUNG GIRL WATCHING IT ON TV WITH MY MOTHER AND I LOVED IT THEN! I ALWAYS LOOK FOR IT IN VIDEO STORES & ON TV & CAN NEVER SEEM TO FIND IT. SUSAN HAYWARD & DANA ANDREWS PLAY THE ILL FATED LOVERS AND THEY ARE JUST GREAT. I ALSO READ THE STORY "UNCLE WIGGLY IN CONNECTICUT" ON WHICH THE MOVIE IS BASED. FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES A GOOD OLD FASHIONED LOVE STORY THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Love Story full of Nostolgia November 23, 2013
By Gabby
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This movie is one of those good old movies from the 1940's. Susan Hayward and Dana Andrews are absolutely heartbreaking in their roles, especially Susan. Her performance makes us all, who had a first love that didn't work out, cry for her and perhaps for for ourselves remembering the bittersweet love of our past, but also realizing what we have today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Oh yes I remember it well, meeting a Girl, and falling in Love for the first time.

This is a typical Story of every day peoples lives.

A Flyer on leave meets a girl, and begin a relation-ship but with some heart aches thrown into the mixture.

The Two STARS are absolute fabulous, in this War Time Romance, that has its viewers rivited to the screen watching it.......... with Handkerchiefs at the ready

A must for all young Lovers : of Service-men, or a nostalgic look back in the Mirror of what life had in store.
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