Kick-Back Friday: #189
My Foolish Heart (1949): A major weepie with Susan Hayward. As an alcoholic and terribly unhappy wife, Hayward recounts the lost love of her life to a visiting college chum. The movie, which is oh-so-loosely based on* J. D. Salinger’s short story “Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut,”** was viewed with such scorn by the author (and critics) that he refused to sell the rights to his other, more famous works for film adaptation. Nevertheless, Hayward and especially Dana Andrews (as her former love) sustain the story and preserve an authentic glimpse of a bygone, melodramatic era.
* Really more, inspired by.
** Originally published in The New Yorker.