The Heart of a Man

The Heart of a Man is a 1959 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Frankie Vaughan, Anne Heywood and Tony Britton.[1] Its plot concerns a millionaire in disguise who gives a young man money to help him pursue his singing career. Featured songs by Vaughan include "The Heart Of A Man", "Sometime, Somewhere" and "Walking Tall".[2]

The Heart of a Man
"The Heart of a Man" (1959).jpg
Original British poster by Nicola Simbari
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Produced byAnna Neagle
Written byPamela Bower
Jack Trevor Story
Story byRex North
StarringFrankie Vaughan
Anne Heywood
Tony Britton
Music byAngela Morley (as Wally Stott)
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byBasil Warren
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Wilcox-Neagle)
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Sailor Frankie Martin is offered a thousand pounds by an eccentric tramp if he can earn a hundred pounds in a week by honest means. Frankie tries his hand as a boxer, a bouncer and a commissionaire, and finally finds success as a singer. He also falls for the charms of night club chanteuse Julie, and this leads to further success when he wins a recording contract.


Critical receptionEdit

In the Radio Times, David Parkinson gave the film two out of five stars, and wrote, "Veteran director Herbert Wilcox bowed out of films with this undistinguished and wholly unconvincing slice-of-life drama, which was produced by his actress wife Anna Neagle... Anthony Newley cashes in on a showy supporting role and Vaughan scored a chart hit with the title song." [3]


  1. ^ "The Heart of a Man (1959)". BFI.
  2. ^ "The Heart Of A Man".
  3. ^ David Parkinson. "The Heart of a Man". RadioTimes.

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