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Ever in My Heart
Director: Archie Mayo (Dir)
Release Date:   28 Oct 1933
Duration (in mins):   70
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Barbara Stanwyck (Mary [Archer])  
    Otto Kruger (Hugo [Wilbrandt])  
    Ralph Bellamy (Jeff)  
    Ruth Donnelly (Lizzie)  
    Laura Hope Crews (Grandma Archer)  
    Frank Albertson (Sam)  
    Ronnie Crosby (Teddy)  
    Clara Blandick (Anna)  
    Elizabeth Patterson    
    Willard Robertson    
    Nella Walker (Martha Sewell)  
    George Cooper (Lefty)  
    Wallis Clark (Enoch Sewell)  
    Harry Beresford (Eli)  
    Virginia Howell (Serena)  
    Ethel Wales    
    Florence Roberts (Eunice)  
    Frank Reicher (Dr. Hoffman)  

Summary: Mary Archer expects to marry her cousin Jeff when he comes home from studying in Europe in 1909, but when she meets his German friend, Hugo Wilbrandt, she falls hopelessly in love. Despite her family's opposition, the two are married and Hugo takes a position as a college professor. They are extremely happy and grow closer with the birth of a baby boy, after which, Hugo proudly becomes a United States citizen. When the war breaks out, however, Hugo is snubbed by the community and dismissed from his position because of anti-German sentiment. After their child dies, some neighborhood kids stone the boy's dachshund nearly to death, and Hugo, taking pity on his beloved pet, fires a bullet into the dog. When Mary's grandmother offers Hugo a job in the family mill if he will change his Germanic name, he refuses, saying he is not ashamed of it. After Mary becomes ill, Hugo sends her to live with her family and leaves for Germany, saying he will return. However, Mary later gets a letter in which Hugo writes, "They let me be a citizen, but they won't let me be an American," and announces that he is going to fight for his people. Mary divorces Hugo and plans to marry Jeff, who joins the army and is sent to France. Mary follows him and goes to work in a canteen. There, she sees Hugo dressed as an American soldier and learns from Jeff that a German spy is in the area. That night, Hugo meets Mary in her room and she realizes that she is still deeply in love with him. Certain that he is the spy, she must choose between her own feelings and her duty to her country. He spends the night with her, and as dawn breaks, she poisons their wine and they die together. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Archie Mayo (Dir)
  Frank Shaw (Asst dir)
Producer: Hal B. Wallis (Exec prod)
  Robert Presnell (Supv)
Writer: Beulah Marie Dix (Story)
  Bertram Milhauser (Story)
  Bertram Milhauser (Adpt)
Photography: Arthur Todd (Photog)
  Carl Guthrie (Asst cam)
  Leon Shamroy (1st cam)
  Al Green (2d cam)
Art Direction: Anton Grot (Art dir)
Film Editor: Owen Marks (Ed)
Costumes: Earl Luick (Gowns)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Vitaphone Orch cond by)
Sound: Dolph Thomas (Sd)
Make Up: Dot Carlson (Hair)
Production Misc: Charles Alexander (Chief elec)
  Glen Harris (Grip)
  Morris Goldman (Props)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 22/11/1933 dd/mm/yyyy LP4253

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Bigotry
  German Americans
  Romance
 
Subjects (Minor): Dogs
  Germany
  S.S. Lusitania
  Marriage
  New England
  Patriotism
  Professors
  Spies
  Suicide
  World War I

Note: According to FD , George Cooper replaced Frank McHugh who was filming House on 56th Street . In other cast changes Frank Albertson replaced Edwin Phillips, Wallis Clark replaced Henry O'Neill and Laura Hope Crews was added. News items in FD indicate that Kay Francis and Paul Muni were considered for the leads. Papers contained in the production files at the AMPAS Library report that the film cost $243,000. Modern sources list Donald Meek ( Storekeeper ), Ethel Wales, George Renavent and Claire DuBrey among the players. Modern sources also add the following characters: Elizabeth Patterson ( Clara ). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   22 Sep 1933. p. 3.   
Film Daily   19 May 33   p. 4.
Film Daily   13 Oct 33   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   22 Sep 33   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   13 Oct 33   p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald   21 Oct 33   p. 40.
New York Times   13 Oct 33   p. 25.
Variety   17 Oct 33   p. 19.

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