Like a sailor with a girl in every port, Harry Mork has his own list of people, pulchritude and places. But that’s changing for this roving salesman with a roving eye. He’s found his match: a haughty, worldly-wise widow he plans to marry.
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Angela Lansbury, Michael Anderson Jr., Barbara Nichols, Patricia Barry, Charles Drake, Richard Deacon, Neva Patterson, Ken Lynch, Ruth McDevitt, Alice Pearce, Mary Wickes, Joanna Crawford, James O’Rear, Peter Turgeon, Nelson Olmsted, Sandra Gould, Steve Bell, William Cort, Ralph Manza, Maxine Stuart, Robert Kenneally, Tom Palmer, Paulene Myers, Parker McCormick, Tad Mosel, Dorothy Abbott, Fletcher Allen, Allyson Ames
Perhaps it was the fact she’d already received three nominations. She would eventual be nominated for 8, putting her in 8th place behind only Streep, Hepburn, Nicholson, Davis, Olivier, Newman and Tracy which is pretty impressive territory! She would win one. Or perhaps it was just the strong year for actresses with Sophia Loren in “Marriage Italian Style”, Anne Bancroft in “The Pumpkin Eater”, Kim Stanley in “Séance on a Wet Afternoon”, Debbie Reynolds in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, or eventual winner Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins”, but I believe Geraldine Page’s performance here is the equal of any 1964 female film performance. Her character Evie is one of the most sympathetic ever recorded and Page’s expert portrayal captures the hearts of the audience. Along for the ride is the vastly underrated Glenn Ford and the always watchable Barbara Nichols. Too bad we didn’t see more of her along with contemporaries Hope Holiday and Sue Ann Langdon. I wish there was more on this site about all three. “Dear Heart” was not intended as a blockbuster and as 1960s films go, it was more or less a “B” picture. But the film features excellent writing, a believable storyline, excellent performances, and a captivating score by Henry Mancini.
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC | 16:9 | 720×480 | 7900 kbps | 7.1Gb
Audio: #1 English AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps
01:54:00 | USA | Comedy
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