My Own True Love (1948)

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An Englishman's (Melvyn Douglas) fiancee (Phyllis Calvert) comforts his son (Philip Friend) who has lost a leg and a family in World War II.


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30 March 2021 | blanche-2
| post-war Britain
Melvyn Douglas stars in "My Own True Love" from 1948, also starring Phyllis Calvert, Wanda Hendrix, Philip Friend, Binnie Barnes, Alan Napier, Arthur Shields, and Robert Walker.

Douglas plays Clive Heath, a lonely and somewhat reserved man. His son was taken prisoner, and at this point, Clive assumes he's dead. His daughter (Hendrix) introduces him to a fellow soldier, Joan (Calvert). It doesn't take long before they fall in love. Then, Clive learns that his son Michael (Friend) is in a hospital. His leg has been amputated. He doesn't seem anxious to start life again.

Eventually, though, Michael returns, walking very well with an artificial leg. He stays with his father, though they are somewhat estranged. Joan is staying with Clive, in another bedroom. He bonds with Joan, and she takes him to meet her friends from the war. He finds he can talk to them. His father, however, upon meeting them, doesn't really like them. Joan works to reconcile father and son, helping Clive to understand what his son suffered.

Michael falls in love with Joan, making the situation uncomfortable.

This is just an okay movie - it's slow, for one thing. Douglas plays an uptight, reserved man. He's always good, but the character isn't particularly likeable. Calvert is lovely and gives a sympathetic performance.

Odd movie, with the theme probably being adjusting to life at home after the war and dealing with new fitting into a family again.

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