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Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 11 February 1938 (USA)
This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Bradbury Foote (screen play), Honore Morrow (story "Benefits Forgot") (as Honoré Morrow)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Huston ... Ethan Wilkins
James Stewart ... Jason Wilkins
Beulah Bondi ... Mary Wilkins
Guy Kibbee ... George Ames
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Charles Shingle
John Carradine ... President Lincoln
Ann Rutherford ... Annie Hawks
Charley Grapewin ... Jim Meeker
Leona Roberts ... Sister Clarke
Gene Lockhart ... Quid
Clem Bevans ... Elder Massey
Arthur Aylesworth ... Rufus Inchpin
Gene Reynolds ... Jason Wilkins - as a Child
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Annie Hawks - as a Child
Sterling Holloway ... Chauncey Ames
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Storyline

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die. Written by <perrymv@sumter.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Great $5,000 Title Contest Picture

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benefits Forgot See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 23 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) ; in Kansas City MO it first aired 13 March 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), in Phoenix 6 April 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Portland OR 16 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 9 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Seattle 14 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Memphis 23 July 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 2 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Honolulu 6 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 19 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in Altoona PA 1 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); but it was not telecast in New York City until 7 April 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by San Francisco 27 April 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

At the congregation's initial offering meeting, a chicken in a wooden cage is placed on the table. In the next shot the cage has been turned 90 degrees (note the direction of the cage's handle). The basket with the cabbage is also in a different position. See more »

Quotes

Sister Clarke: Excuse me, Parson. I've been thinkin', after the meetin' tomorrow, where are you gonna' go?
Rev. Ethan Wilkins: We're going up into the hills, towards Tomkinsville.
Sister Clarke: That's what I thought. Gets kinda' cold up there at nights, this time of year. That boy of your'n ought to have a coat.
Rev. Ethan Wilkins: Oh, he's all right. He's as strong as a bull.
Sister Clarke: Well, my man was strong as a bull, too. But he got the misery and died in no time. No time at all... Well, I want to give your boy this coat.
[Hands him an old, rustic-looking black coat]
Rev. Ethan Wilkins: ...
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Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor
Words by Knowles Shaw (1874)
Sung by the church congregation
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Great Movie
18 May 2013 | by rareed63See all my reviews

First off I love most Jimmy Stewart movies Its a wonderful life,Harvey,The Man that shot Liberty Valance just to name a few. I first saw this movie on a classic channel but only got to watch the first 45 minutes or so and I had to leave. I didn't even catch the title so it took me awhile to run it down going through IMDb. Like one of the other reviewers said its whats wrong with America today. Do yourself a favor and watch this Movie excellent story keeps your attention all the way through.I just wish they made more movies like this today,The Guy that plays President Lincoln was excellent. I managed to find it only on VUDU which is Wal Marts PPV service, searched Amazon its only on VHS I sure hope somebody transfers this to DVD and some other old Titles I've been searching to find.


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