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Sunday, 1 July 2012

My Love Came Back (1940) - Star of the month... Olivia de Havilland

Amelia Cornell (played by de Havlland) is a scholarship student at a music academy, whose violin playing is acclaimed. Music academy patron Julius Malette (played by Winninger) becomes fond of Amelia, and secretly sponsors her with money from his company, disguised as an additional scholarship.  Complications arise when Malette's children Paul and Valerie (played by Orr and Gillis) find out, and accuse company president Tony Baldwin (played by Lynn) of embezzling money for a secret girlfriend.

A blonde Jane Wyman plays Cornell's roommate Joy O'Keefe, with Albert playing her boyfriend Dusty Rhodes. S.Z. Sakall gives great comic relief as conductor Geza Peyer, and as always steals the film.

Closing remarks

Not a bad movie, but still not a great movie. Tends to get slow at times, but still an entertaining romance, mainly due to it's first rate cast.

It's hard to explain this without a visual aid, but there is a very clever scene where Amelia and Tony appear dancing on large pieces of sheet music for the famous compositions they are dancing to.

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