None But the Lonely Heart

Synopsis: A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Clifford Odets
Production: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
113 min

Oy, what's this?

What's this tonight?

Memorial services.

Armistice day tomorrow,

you know.

Stay there, nipper.

It might be my son.


Might be my old man.


Good night.


When ernie mott,

humble citizen

of the city of london,

saw for the first time

the tomb

of the unknown warrior,

he little realized that he,

ernie mott,

might someday soon become

the unknown warrior

of a second world war.

Yes, someday soon,

he might become

a glowing legend

for happy boys and girls,

living a life

he merely dreamed about.

High destiny

for quiet ernie mott,

who quarreled, hungered, loved,

and was loved.

For this is his story-

the story of ernie mott,

who searched for a free,

a beautiful, and noble life

in the second quarter

of the 20th century.

Ernie, grub's ready.

Don't be all year,

or you'll fight

the birds for it.

Won't be

but a minute, ma.

Yes, yes, yes.


Don't you think

pork sausage

is too good

for the beast?

Stay. Come on.

Nothing too good

for that dog, ma.

Part of myself,

he is.

Don't like him,

do you?

Where you been?

Oh, knocking about

a bit up north,

all over the shop.

What's up?


You're standing there

looking as if i'd jabbed you

with your hatpin

or something.

What did you come

back home for, son?

Miss me?

Can't say i did, ma.

You know me, ducky,

tramp of the universe.

Anything in the shop

needs mending, ma?

Nothing that needs your

help, ernie, sweets.

Besides, it's sunday.

Painting, polishing,

doing a spot of gardening?

Mean to do my best

by you, ma, love.

Happy couple,

aren't we?

A bit of proper respect

is what's needed.

I get no more from you

than i got from

that father of yours.

And that's that.

That's that.

So you got

your choice.

What choice?

Stay or get out.

Take hold here

and do a man's job,

or don't come back.

Stay put so i don't keep

fretting my fat about you.

What call have you to go

wandering around the country

like a breath

of homeless wind?

Don't i treat you

right, or what?


I'll be off

in the morning.

How is it, ernie boy?

Home for a time?

How'd you know

i was back, ma?

I live so close, i can

hear you change your mind.

Nice music

on the old wireless.

Don't know what

i'd do without it.

The piano

needs tuning, too.

I'll stop in and look

at it around teatime.

Thanks, ernie.

Hello, dad.

When are you

mending that window?

Catch me mucking around

with a window, ern boy.

Life's too short.

You're a man

after my own heart, dad.


See you.

Been home long?

Bring yourself in

for a cup of tea.

Me basket's

full of breakfast.

Come in anyway, ern.


It's a living. It pays

to keep your tools sharp.

Good to be back.

Nicest drawing room in the

neighborhood, this, aggie.

It's yours

whenever you want it.

Have to take you,

too, aggie?

You want me

to move out?

he's the boy for me

i'm the girl for him

he's my lump of toffee,

cake, and pudding

you're the biggest fool

i ever met, aggie.


Black as the ace, i am.

Don't you know it yet?

Matter of fact, ma give me

the ultimatum today.

Stay put or stay out.

What are you going

to do about it?




You're a little flat

there, aggie.

What's the music called?

None but

the lonely heart.


No. Russian.


Oh, well.

See you tonight?


About 9:

All alike,

you women.

I don't go on timetables like a train.

I'm ernie mott.

I don't stay put.

I understand.

Do you?

Of course.

Well, then maybe

i'll see you tonight.


Maybe i will...

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Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Odets was widely seen as a successor to Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill as O'Neill began to retire from Broadway's commercial pressures and increasing critical backlash in the mid-1930s. From early 1935 on, Odets' socially relevant dramas proved extremely influential, particularly for the remainder of the Great Depression. Odets' works inspired the next several generations of playwrights, including Arthur Miller, Paddy Chayefsky, Neil Simon, David Mamet, and Jon Robin Baitz. After the production of his play Clash by Night in the 1941–1942 season, Odets focused his energies on film projects, remaining in Hollywood for the next seven years. He began to be eclipsed by such playwrights as Miller, Tennessee Williams and, in 1950, William Inge. Except for his adaptation of Konstantin Simonov's play The Russian People in the 1942–1943 season, Odets did not return to Broadway until 1949, with the premiere of The Big Knife, an allegorical play about Hollywood. At the time of his death in 1963, Odets was serving as both script writer and script supervisor on The Richard Boone Show, born of a plan for televised repertory theater. Though many obituaries lamented his work in Hollywood and considered him someone who had not lived up to his promise, director Elia Kazan understood it differently. "The tragedy of our times in the theatre is the tragedy of Clifford Odets," Kazan began, before defending his late friend against the accusations of failure that had appeared in his obituaries. "His plan, he said, was to . . . come back to New York and get [some new] plays on. They’d be, he assured me, the best plays of his life. . . .Cliff wasn't 'shot.' . . . The mind and talent were alive in the man." more…

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