Warner Archive's line of Samuel Goldwyn Classics.
Hayward and Andrews play the star-crossed Eloise and Walt, who fall in love just before the U.S. entry into WWII. Their relationship moves along in fits and starts, punctuated by crises such as Hayward being expelled from college and Walt being drafted into the army.
As the time draws near for Walt to ship overseas, Eloise must decide whether to share some critical news with Walt before it's too late...
Matters then go from bad to worse as Eloise hurts her friends Lew (Kent Smith) and Mary Jane (Lois Wheeler) as a means of coping with her problems.
I was really of two minds about this film. I was impatient with the storyline, in which the lead characters make a series of immature poor choices which lead to one problem after another. The title of the film was certainly apt!
In essence the film is a character study of Eloise and Walt, two imperfect people who have a chance at something good but aren't able to see it through. In that regard, it's fairly depressing, rather than romantic; things could have so easily gone a better way for Eloise and Walt.
Walt's a nice guy too, but not quite nice enough to think about the fact that he constantly exposes Eloise to risks, whether he's inviting her to his apartment to make a pass at her, letting her travel back to her dorm alone late at night, sneaking with her into said dorm, or exposing her to the possibility of unplanned parenthood while he's gone, possibly never to return. For someone who claimed to love her so much, he was awfully self-centered.
Thanks to the talent of Hayward and Andrews, we care about Eloise and Walt despite their flaws, and we root for them to succeed as they grapple with their relationship. These are deep, rich, performances, particularly from Hayward -- who has the larger role -- and from that standpoint it's a must-see for their fans.
Robert Keith is delightful as Eloise's adoring father. The following year he reunited with Andrews and director Mark Robson for the Korean War film I WANT YOU (1951).
The supporting cast of MY FOOLISH HEART includes Karin Booth, Jessie Royce Landis, Gigi Perreau, Marietta Canty, and Todd Karns.
Martha Mears, who dubbed actresses such as Rita Hayworth and Marjorie Reynolds earlier in the '40s, sings the classic title song in a nightclub. The song, composed by Victor Young, was nominated for the Oscar but lost to "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
MY FOOLISH HEART runs 98 minutes. It was filmed in black and white by Lee Garmes.
There are a couple of scenes which are more faded than the rest of the film, but on the whole this is a good-looking DVD. There are no extras.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.