The Heart of a Man

Last updated

The Heart of a Man
"The Heart of a Man" (1959).jpg
Original British poster by Nicola Simbari
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Written by
Story byRex North
Produced by Anna Neagle
Starring
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited byBasil Warren
Music byAngela Morley (as Wally Stott)
Production
company
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Wilcox-Neagle)
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1959
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The Heart of a Man is a 1959 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Frankie Vaughan, Anne Heywood and Tony Britton. [1] Its plot concerns a millionaire in disguise who gives a young man money to help him pursue his singing career. Featured songs by Vaughan include "The Heart Of A Man", "Sometime, Somewhere" and "Walking Tall". [2]

Contents

Plot

Sailor Frankie Martin is offered a thousand pounds by an eccentric tramp if he can earn a hundred pounds in a week by honest means. Frankie tries his hand as a boxer, a bouncer and a commissionaire, and finally finds success as a singer. He also falls for the charms of night club chanteuse Julie, and this leads to further success when he wins a recording contract.

Cast

Critical reception

In the Radio Times , David Parkinson gave the film two out of five stars, and wrote, "Veteran director Herbert Wilcox bowed out of films with this undistinguished and wholly unconvincing slice-of-life drama, which was produced by his actress wife Anna Neagle... Anthony Newley cashes in on a showy supporting role and Vaughan scored a chart hit with the title song." [3]

Related Research Articles

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1962.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anna Neagle</span> English stage and film actress and singer

Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox, known professionally as Anna Neagle, was an English stage and film actress, singer and dancer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anthony Newley</span> English actor, singer, songwriter, filmmaker

Anthony Newley was an English actor, singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. He achieved success as a performer in such diverse fields as rock and roll and stage and screen acting. As a recording artist, his recordings reached the Top 40 chart on a dozen occasions between 1959 and 1962, including two number one hits. With songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, he wrote "Feeling Good", which was covered by Nina Simone and other artists, as well as the lyrics for the title song of the 1964 film Goldfinger. Bricusse and Newley received an Academy Award nomination for the film score of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Leslie Bricusse OBE was a British composer, lyricist, and playwright who worked on theatre musicals and wrote theme music for films. He was best known for writing the music and lyrics for the films Doctor Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Scrooge, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, the songs "Goldfinger", "You Only Live Twice", "Can You Read My Mind " from Superman, and "Le Jazz Hot!" with Henry Mancini from Victor/Victoria.

Herbert Kretzmer OBE was a South African-born English journalist and lyricist. He was best known as the lyricist for the English-language musical adaptation of Les Misérables and for his long-time collaboration writing the English-language lyrics to the songs of French songwriter Charles Aznavour.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Frankie Vaughan</span> English singer and actor (1928–1999)

Frankie Vaughan was an English singer and actor who recorded more than 80 easy listening and traditional pop singles in his lifetime. He was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after his signature song "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl". Two of Vaughan's singles topped the UK Singles Chart - "The Garden of Eden" (1957) and "Tower of Strength" (1961). He starred in several films, including a role opposite Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love (1960).

Tony Britton English actor

Anthony Edward Lowry Britton was an English actor. He appeared in a variety of films and television sitcoms (including Don't Wait Up and Robin's Nest

"In a Little Spanish Town " is a popular song published in 1926. The music was written by Mabel Wayne, and the lyrics by Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young.

Herbert Wilcox Film producer and director from Britain

Herbert Sydney Wilcox CBE was a British film producer and director.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anne Heywood</span> British film actress (born 1931)

Anne Heywood is a British retired film actress, who is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Fox.

<i>Idol on Parade</i> 1959 film by John Gilling

Idol on Parade is a 1959 British comedy movie produced by Warwick Films, directed by John Gilling and featuring William Bendix, Anthony Newley, Sid James and Lionel Jeffries. It was based on John Antrobus' first screenplay.

<i>These Dangerous Years</i> 1957 British film

These Dangerous Years is a 1957 British drama musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring George Baker, Frankie Vaughan, Carole Lesley, Thora Hird, Kenneth Cope, David Lodge and John Le Mesurier.

<i>The Lady Is a Square</i> 1958 British film

The Lady Is a Square is a black and white 1958 British comedy musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and featuring Anna Neagle, Frankie Vaughan and Janette Scott.

<i>Killers of Kilimanjaro</i> 1959 British film

Killers of Kilimanjaro is a 1959 British CinemaScope adventure film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Robert Taylor, Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey and Donald Pleasence for Warwick Films.

<i>Lets Get Married</i> (1960 film) 1960 film

Let's Get Married is a 1960 British comedy drama film directed by Peter Graham Scott and starring Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey and Hermione Baddeley. The film was shot at MGM British Studios in Elstree with sets designed by the art director Ken Adam.

<i>Jazz Boat</i> 1960 film by Ken Hughes

Jazz Boat is a 1960 British musical comedy film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries and big band leader Ted Heath and his orchestra.

<i>The Right Approach</i> 1961 film by David Butler

The Right Approach is a 1961 CinemaScope drama film directed by David Butler and starring Juliet Prowse, Frankie Vaughan and Martha Hyer.

The Wonderful Story is a 1922 British drama film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Lillian Hall-Davis, Herbert Langley and Olaf Hytten.

<i>The Bandit of Zhobe</i> 1959 film

The Bandit of Zhobe is a 1959 British CinemaScope adventure film directed by John Gilling and starring Victor Mature, Anne Aubrey and Anthony Newley. In British India a bandit goes on a rampage in the mistaken belief that the British have killed his family, which later proves to not be the case. It was produced by Albert Broccoli for Warwick Films and features extensive use of footage from Gilling's previous Zarak.

References

  1. "The Heart of a Man (1959)". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. "The Heart Of A Man". TVGuide.com.
  3. David Parkinson. "The Heart of a Man". RadioTimes.