The Gift of Love (1958)
Bill Beck (Robert Stack) is a brilliant and important scientist who concentrates on his work so deeply that he forgets to take care of himself. His wife Julie (Lauren Bacall ) recognizes his importance, and takes care to nurture him so that he can be free to concentrate on his work. Julie learns that she is dying. She does not want her husband to be left alone when she dies. She adopts a child and trains her in how to take care of Bill. The child tries to be helpful, but gets in the way of Bill and his work. There seems to be no connection between Bill and the child. Then Julie passes away and they are now alone together...things change.
Lauren Bacall (Julie Beck); Robert Stack (Bill Beck); Evelyn Rudie (Hitty);Anne Seymour (Miss McMasters); Lorne Green (Grant Allan); Deward Platt (Dr. Jim Miller); Joseph Kearns (Mr Rynicker).
People seem to have strong opinions about this movie - some dislike it and others love it. I loved it. The relationship between Lauren Bacall character and the little girl is very touching. In the movie the character Julie chooses this little girl to adopt because she is like herself when she was that age. It's easy to imagine Lauren Bacall as this little girl, they look alike only at different ages. My favorite Lauren Bacall movie, she acts her part perfectly.
The Gift of Love is a remake of the 1946 movie, Sentimental Journey.
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