Always in my Heart aka Sempre no meu Coracao [Import]
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A real four-hanky picture, Always in My Heart was loosely adapted from the stage play by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White. Walter Huston is a tower of strength as MacKenzie Scott, a brilliant musician falsely convicted of murder and sentenced to Life. While Scott languishes in prison, his long-suffering ex-wife Marjorie (Kay Francis) raises their two children to adulthood. Out of respect for Scott, whom she still loves, Marjorie never reveals to the kids that their father is in jail, insisting instead that Scott has long since died. Enter Philip Ames (Sidney Blackmer), who falls in love with Marjorie and lavish expensive gifts on the children. It must needs be that Scott is proven innocent and pardoned, whereupon he journeys home to visit his grown daughter Victoria (Gloria Warren), now a promising singer. At first hesitant to reveal his identity, Scott is finally urged to do so by Marjorie, who has never really given up hope that her family will one day be reunited. In the midst of all these soap-operaish intrigues, some welcome comedy relief is provided by Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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This Movie far exceeded my expectations! As a Family Drama, it can be compared to with IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, which wouldn't happen for another 4 years. All the characters bond wonderfully, given their individual trials throughout the movie (I won't spoil it by giving away any of the plot, which is partially inaccurate in the description). The movie allowed the characters to develope enough to the point of drawing you in and to feel what they were feeling. The musical numbers were all well done. I'm no fan of operatic singing, but my eclectic tastes allowed me to fully enjoy Gloria Warren's fine voice. The harmoica playing by the Rascals balanced it out so well that I think anyone of any musical taste would enjoy it.
If you get a chance to see this movie, even once, by all means SEE IT! Apparently the movie is only available as a Brazilian Import, but the movie settings can be adjusted without any subtitles.
The only downside to the DVD itself was that the maker of the DVD flashed it's decal every so often in the corner of the screen, a couple of times I noticed during the opening credits, and then once (that I caught) during the middle of the movie. Aside from that, I thank them for not overdoing it.
Mom watched this movie when it was released and has not watched it ever since. It will be a birthday surprise....