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Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 11 February 1938 (USA)
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.

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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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. 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

When James is told he can't have the magazines and sees they are going to Mr. Ame's son, he turns away to leave the room twice in successive shots. 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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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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John Carradine's performance stood out for me
4 March 2006 | by PearseySee all my reviews

I tuned into this movie at the point where James Stewart's character was summoned from the battlefield to meet with President Abraham Lincoln. I didn't know what had transpired previously in the movie and was waiting to see why the president would take time to speak to him.

I won't divulge all the details of the conversation but I kept thinking during the scene that this is one of the best portrayals of Lincoln I've ever seen. Physically the actor was very convincing and his demeanor was of the type I would except him to have. I finally recognized the voice of John Carradine.

I actually think that Abraham Lincoln could have had a conversation like the one in the movie with a regular soldier. He met with many rank and file people during the war. It was a great scene, well written and produced in my opinion.


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