Sentimental Journey (1946)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    An actress becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming.
    Julie soon finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live.
    She decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill will not be alone when she dies.
    Unfortunately, Bill is not charmed by Hitty. After Julie dies.
    Bill is so grief stricken, he shuts out everyone in his life, especially Hitty.
    Hitty begins to receive imaginary visits from Julie who offers
    Hitty advice on how to make Bill happy.
    Bill does not believe she's seen Julie and decides to send her back to the orphanage.
    Rather than go back, Hitty runs away.
    After Bill hears a record Julie recorded before she died,
    he finally realizes he must move on with his life and find Hitty.
    Written by Daniel Bubbeo

    Full Cast
    John Payne .... William O. Weatherly
    Maureen O'Hara .... Julie Beck/Weatherly
    William Bendix .... Donnelly aka Uncle Don
    Cedric Hardwicke .... Dr. Jim Miller (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
    Glenn Langan .... Judson
    Mischa Auer .... Gregory Petrovich Rogozhin
    Connie Marshall .... Mehitabel, aka Hitty Weatherly
    Kurt Kreuger .... Walt Wilson
    Trudy Marshall .... Ruth
    Ruth Nelson .... Mrs. McMasters
    Dorothy Adams .... Martha
    Mary Gordon .... Agnes
    Lillian Bronson .... Miss Benson
    Olive Blakeney .... Mrs. Deane
    James Flavin .... Detective Sergeant McFarland
    Mary Field .... Chaperon
    Byron Foulger .... Mr. Tweedy
    George E. Stone .... Toy Hawker
    John Davidson .... Floorwalker
    William Haade .... Bus Driver
    Bert Hicks .... Actor
    Shirley Jean Barton .... Orphan Girl (uncredited)
    Carol Ann Beekly .... Orphan Girl (uncredited)
    Mary Ann Bricker .... Orphan Girl (uncredited)
    Donna Cooke .... Orphan Girl (uncredited)
    Carol Coombs .... Orphan Girl (uncredited)
    Teddy Infuhr .... Boy on Bus (uncredited)
    Peggy Miller .... Girl (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Nelia Gardner White (story The Little Horse)
    Samuel Hoffenstein
    Elizabeth Reinhardt

    Norbert Brodine

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 23, 1946 with John Payne reprising his film role.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Laguna Beach, California, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Sentimental Journey is a 1946 film directed by Walter Lang

    Remade in 1958 as The Gift of Love,
    with Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack.

    A lovely tearful tale, with Maureen
    once again teamed with John Payne.
    Cedric "Tycoon" Hardwicke is in there too


    User Review

    Lovely tale of two lost souls finding each other.
    Author: rochelle-14 from Australia


    Sentimental Journey is a beautiful but ultimately sad story about a married couple who are heavily involved in the theatre. The wife, Julie, cannot have children and suffers from a rare, life-threatening disease. Afraid that she will leave her husband alone, she decides to adopt a little girl. However she soon realises that her immature and possessive husband cannot accept the strange and dreamy child. In the stress of having to choose between the husband and the child, Julie succumbs to her illness and dies.

    Overcome with grief, her husband withdraws from family and friends. Left alone, the little girl grieves for her adoptive mother and longs for the return of her adoptive father.

    It is only when the little girl goes missing, in her attempt to find the ghost of Julie, that the husband realises just how much he loves the little girl.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • :wink_smile:

    Shot in black and white, this sentimental film was a success upon its release. Maureen is wonderful in this dramatic role ...

    a small video

    Good reading

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

    Edited 2 times, last by Romy ().

  • This is one of my all-time favorite "weepers" with John Payne giving the performance of his life. Maureen O'Hara is great too. I wish Fox had released it before they'd stopped releasing classic films on DVD.

  • Totally agree with you. It's a wonderful film sentimental, very emotional. Of course, the scenario is simple but it must be viewed at the time of completion, in 1945 ...

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

  • Finally! A movie from my top-ten list of unreleased movies I want on DVD is getting a November 26 release from the Fox Cinema Archives:

    Sentimental Journey, starring Maureen O'Hara and John Payne, directed by Walter Lang. It will make even the hardest of you hard cases here on the JWMB sob into your bandanna. ;) A great weeper. ;)

    No DVD artwork yet but here's a publicity still. :)