Three Hearts for Julia

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Three Hearts for Julia
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Directed by Richard Thorpe
Screenplay byLionel Houser
Story byLionel Houser
Produced by John W. Considine Jr.
Starring Ann Sothern
Melvyn Douglas
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Irvine Warburton
Music by Herbert Stothart
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 21, 1943 (1943-05-21)(United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Hearts for Julia is a 1943 American romantic comedy film starring Ann Sothern and Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the picture was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.



American foreign correspondent Jeff Seabrook's prolonged absences are frustrating his former musician wife Julia so much she has resumed her performing career and is planning a divorce. Jeff hasn't told her he is on his way home. Julia hasn't told him she is leaving him, and is already being deeply wooed by both by orchestra manager David Torrance and music critic Philip Barrows.

Jeff's newspaper editor John Girard advises him to act as if his wife’s complaints about him and their relationship are valid, claiming that’s what he does with his own and it works out fine. Julia tries to concentrate on her music, playing lead violin in an all-female orchestra created to provide public entertainment in spite of a wartime era manpower shortage, and serving as den mother to a gaggle of younger women string players inhabiting every bedroom, couch, and day bed in the Seabrooks’ large home.

Both Jeff and John are served divorce papers by their respective wives. Julia’s decree is granted, and Jeff moves out.

Although temporarily off-duty from his job, he is suddenly called up for active military service. Desperate to reconcile, he drags Julia off to a remote cabin, attempting to force her to think about her decision, and angering her suitors. Initially Jeff doesn't tell Julia he's going off to war.

His new plan works. The two suitors bicker with one-another and reveal unattractive sides to Julia, who takes her patriotic ex-husband back at the very last moment before he ships out.


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