He refuses to reveal his name to the Viennese doctors, not wanting to be a burden to his wife or pitied. This powerful and heart-wrenching melodrama takes its strength from the intensity and honesty of the central performance by Claudette Colbert, who makes the whole thing believable despite various story weaknesses and implausibilities. George Brent, a reliable actor, is seen as one of the decent men he played in films. Both gave excellent and superb performances in this movie! The young Richard Long plays Drew, the eldest son that has no clue who his father really is, but grows up believing the kind Lawrence is his dad. The tension steadily mounts as Mrs. Her older sister instructed her on how to cry during the film, suggesting that she recall a ghastly accident she had witnessed involving her dog being hit by a car. Gone is the joking and then morbidly morose Kane and enter a very serious Kessler.
Max Steiner's score is almost non-stop to such an extent that it can probably rank as one of the busiest background scores he ever wrote, if not the most distinguished. Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert. Natalie Wood as the young German girl, Margaret, showed a talent for stealing scenes from much established actors. Her most characteristic whimsically smiling expression, particularly around the eyes, is to be seen here when she was still a tiny child. I so wanted Orson Welles to finally admit to Claudette that he was John, her first husband, and her son Drew's father. He is crippled and sickly from the First World War he is probably emasculated, as well.
They raise John Andrew Hamilton Richard Long as Larry's son, referring to him by the nickname Drew, and have another son, Brian Sonny Howe. It's quite interesting seeing a very young Natalie Wood. When World War I ends, Elizabeth receives a telegram that John has been killed in action. A poetic piece that needs to be seen as such, reality is not the core of this film, it is truth, I believe. This time I saw it through and realized I was watching greatness. An incredibly powerful deeply moving film It was just superb.
This little girl is played by the seven year-old Natalie Wood in her first genuine acting role she had made brief uncredited cameo appearances in two previous films, playing for instance a little girl who drops an ice cream cone, no big acting job there. Since they don't have to relate intimately again, one can try to forget this failure in casting. Married to Claudette Colbert in this film, he is soon declared missing and dead. Lucile Watson, as Aunt Jessie, is an asset. This film is a clinic on dialog. Richard Long does nicely as the young man who is really his son, and Lucille Watson is excellent as Claudette's mother in law.
Her dialog, first with an Austrian accent, is so impressive. Meanwhile Welles is forced to intervene in a tense emotional situation regarding his son, who of course doesn't realize that he is his son. Here she acts her way through an implausible story presented mostly between the two great wars. He proposes to Elizabeth and she eventually agrees. I cried during most of the movie the first time I saw it.
Colbert is lovely and exceedingly good in her role. Synopsis Elizabeth and John say goodbye as John leaves to go to war. The always-reliable and entertaining Watson gives solid support. It was asking a bit much to believe she wouldn't realize it was him, but it's still good storytelling and a film that hits you deeply. He is crippled and sickly from the First World War he is probably emasculated, as well. Flash-forward twenty years and Colbert and Brent have two sons, the first one actually Welles', though this is kept secret.
She has blonde hair and is about five or six years old, and does an impressive job speaking German. And how could it take Claudette C so long to recognize him?? It is truly the greater sacrifice. A supposed war victim and gone for years after his marriage to her, Wells - despite now having a beard and aging a bit - would still be recognizable at the least, audibly to his former wife. Rather unsung, but worthwhile, this tear-jerking wartime drama will entrance some viewers while unintentionally amusing others. I find most of today's films riddled with far more unlikely events. Take a journey back to the mid-40s and enjoy this weepie about lost love and balancing pleasant memories against present endowments.
Instead, he decided to remain 'dead, stayed on in Austria and became a German-speaking chemist named Dr. It's a great screenplay, superbly directed and acted and uplifting to the audience. My only criticism with the film was that the Orson Welles who returned from the war looked too much like the Orson Welles who left for the war. The scene in which he met and spoke with his son was so touching!! George Brent, a reliable actor, is seen as one of the decent men he played in films. Perhaps, but human and understandable. Unabashedly sentimental and heart-tugging, it is likely to please fans of tear-jerkers while causing the eyes of pragmatists to roll feverishly. Can't believe it wasn't included in Claudette Colbert's new collection.