The Secret Heart

1946

The Secret Heart

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The Secret Heart is a psychological drama starring June Allyson as a disturbed teenager obsessed with the memory of her dead father and unable to embrace her stepmother. Following the suicide of her father, Penny Addams (Allyson) begins to behave strangely, even locking herself in her room and playing the piano in his memory. Greatly worried, Penny's brother, Chase (Robert Sterling), and stepmother, Lee (Claudette Colbert), consult a psychiatrist, Dr. Rossiger (Lionel Barrymore), who suggests that Penny be returned to the family's country home. Since the site is where the suicide took place, Rossiger believes that confronting the scene will force the young woman to mentally face the reality of her father's death. Once there, however, Penny becomes disenchanted with her father's memory -- which causes her to become even more despondent than ever. Eventually, Penny tries to kill herself in the same manner of her father, but she fails, and the healing process proceeds for all concerned. This dark tale, offbeat for its time, was narrated by Hume Cronyn.

Cast

June Allyson
as Penny Addams
Walter Pidgeon
as Chris Matthews
Lionel Barrymore
as Dr. Rossiger
Robert Sterling
as Chase Addams
Marshall Thompson
as Brandon Reynolds
Richard Derr
as Larry Addams
Patricia Medina
as Kay Burns
Eily Malyon
as Miss Hunter
Ann Lace
as Penny as a Child
Nicholas Joy
as Dr. Rossiger
Frank Darien
as Mr. Wiggins
Donald Dewar
as Page Boy
Audrey Totter
as Brittle Woman
Harry Hayden
as Minister
Boyd Davis
as Sheriff
Ruth Brady
as Saleswoman
Joan Beeks
as Woman Customer
Dwayne Hickman
as Chase as a Child
Drew Demarest
as Cab Driver
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