|The Astonished Heart|
|Directed by||Terence Fisher|
|Release date(s)||March 1950|
|Running time||85 min.|
The Astonished Heart is a 1950 British drama film directed by Terence Fisher. It stars Celia Johnson, Noël Coward, and Margaret Leighton, and is based on Coward's play The Astonished Heart from his cycle of ten plays, Tonight At 8:30 .
Inspired by the great success of the 1945 film Brief Encounter, which also had been adapted from Tonight At 8:30, Coward agreed to have The Astonished Heart produced as a motion picture. As with the previous film, Coward also wrote the screenplay. Production began in 1949 and featured not only Noel Coward in one of his rare film appearances, but also actor-singer Graham Payn in a supporting role. The Astonished Heart was released in 1950 to indifferent reviews and was a commercial failure.
The film follows the growing obsession of a psychiatrist for a good-time girl (Leighton) and the resulting tragedy this leads to.
- Celia Johnson as Barbara Faber
- Noël Coward as Dr. Christian Faber
- Margaret Leighton as Leanora Vail
- Joyce Carey as Susan Birch
- Graham Payn as Tim Verney
- Amy Veness as Alice Smith
- Ralph Michael as Philip Lucas
- Michael Hordern as Ernest
- Patricia Glyn as Helen
- Alan Webb as Sir Reginald
- Everley Gregg as Miss Harper
- John Salew as Mr. Bowman
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