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The Secret Heart (1946)

Not Rated
97 min | Drama, Romance

Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of disgrace. Lee takes over and devotes her life to paying...See moreBrillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of disgrace. Lee takes over and devotes her life to paying off Larry's debts and raising her two step-children. Prior to her marriage, Lee had turned down the proposal of Chris Matthews, wealthy ship builder and college friend of Larry's, but he had remained as a true friend to both. On the night of the suicide, Lee and Chris had attended a dinner party together and, horrified and shocked at the death, Lee sends Chris away, and for ten years does everything possible for the children to make up for the loss of their father. Bewildered by some of the strange stories concerning her father, the grown-up Penny (June Allyson) questions Lee and her brother Chase. Later, Penny meets and falls in love with Chris, not realizing he is the man Lee gave up. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Whitfield Cook (screenplay) | Anne Morrison Chapin (screenplay) | Rose Franken (original story and adaptation) | William Brown Meloney (original story and adaptation)
Cinematographer
George J. Folsey (as George Folsey)
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$1,735,000
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Release date
Dec 25, 1946 (United States)

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34 cast members
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Claudette Colbert
Lee Addams Lee Addams   See fewer
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Walter Pidgeon
Chris Matthews Chris Matthews   See fewer
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June Allyson
Penny Addams Penny Addams   See fewer
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Lionel Barrymore
Dr. Rossiger Dr. Rossiger   See fewer
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Robert Sterling
Chase N. Addams Chase N. Addams   See fewer
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Marshall Thompson
Brandon Reynolds Brandon Reynolds   See fewer
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Elizabeth Patterson
Mrs. Stover Mrs. Stover   See fewer
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Richard Derr
Larry Addams Larry Addams   See fewer
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Patricia Medina
Kay Burns Kay Burns   See fewer
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Eily Malyon
Miss Hunter Miss Hunter   See fewer
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Ann Lace
Penny as a Child Penny as a Child   See fewer
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Dwayne Hickman
Chase as a Child Chase as a Child   See fewer
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King Baggot
Man at Graduation Ceremony (uncredited) Man at Graduation Ceremony (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joan Beeks
Customer (uncredited) Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Billingsley
Saleswoman (uncredited) Saleswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Brady
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Chester Clute
Old Man (uncredited) Old Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hume Cronyn
Dinner Party Guest (voice) (uncredited) Dinner Party Guest (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Darien
Mr. Wiggins (uncredited) Mr. Wiggins (uncredited)   See fewer
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Boyd Davis
Sheriff (uncredited) Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Drew Demorest
Cab Driver (uncredited) Cab Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donald Dewar
Pageboy (uncredited) Pageboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Webb Dillion
Conductor (uncredited) Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal Hackett
Dinner Party Guest (voice) (uncredited) Dinner Party Guest (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Hayden
Minister (uncredited) Minister (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leyland Hodgson
Purser (uncredited) Purser (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anna Q. Nilsson
Dr. Rossiger's Secretary (uncredited) Dr. Rossiger's Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alexander Pollard
Butler (uncredited) Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Virginia L. Randolph
Salesgirl (uncredited) Salesgirl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clinton Rosemond
William (uncredited) William (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Sayre
Dance Extra (uncredited) Dance Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wyndham Standing
Butler (uncredited) Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Audrey Totter
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Dick Winslow
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6.6 / 10 | 490 votes