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The Divided Heart

  • Drama
  • 1954
  • Charles Crichton
  • 86 mins
  • PG

Summary

Family drama starring Cornell Borchers and Yvonne Mitchell. After the Second World War, a boy's mother, assumed dead in the Auschwitz concentration camp, returns to claim her son from the foster parents who have brought him up.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This British melodrama would be dismissed as sentimental tosh if it wasn't based on a true story that hit the headlines in the mid-1940s. Drawing on the actual records of the case, director Charles Crichton uses a series of artful flashbacks to pad out the courtroom battle at the centre of the action, as biological mother Yvonne Mitchell fights Cornell Borchers for custody of the child Borchers adopted as a war orphan. Crichton lays on the pathos so thickly that the emotional drama never really tugs at our heartstrings.

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Credits

Cast

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IngaCornell Borchers
SonjaYvonne Mitchell
FranzArmin Dahlen
Chief JusticeAlexander Knox
MarksGeoffrey Keen
ToniMichel Ray
ToniMartin Keller
First JusticeLiam Redmond
Second JusticeEddie Byrne
JosipTheodore Bikel
Dr MullerFerdy Mayne
Professor MiranAndré Mikhelson

Crew

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DirectorCharles Crichton

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English | Slovenian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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