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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
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Rev. Ethan Wilkins:
Jason, this is an important event in sister Clarke's life, our stopping here tonight. She never had a minister visit her before.
Well, I don't wonder at that. But that frog, pop - why, it made me sick!
Rev. Ethan Wilkins:
Suppose I'd called her attention to it, told her it was there? She never would have recovered from the mortification. The only time the minister ever stopped for her... it wasn't easy, but I swallowed it. That, sir, is my idea of courtesy. And I wish you not to forget it.
I understand, father.
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This movie is a reminder of the treasures we have to enjoy from the early eras of movie-making. Walter Huston portrays a minister who has sensitivity and understanding for his parishioners but is bound by the restrictive morals of his background. The story takes place in the period before and during the Civil War. The minister has moments when he really is an admirable man; he even has the courage to grab and stop a runaway horse. That horse becomes a thread that winds through the rest of the movie. However, his treatment of his young son is a good example of why ministers' children are often described as troubled. Beaulah Bondi plays the saintly wife/mother whose love binds the family. Her unconditional love and sacrifice first console the boy and then elicit a narrow selfishness from the boy when he leaves home and goes to medical school in Baltimore.
There are some wonderful moments in this movie. It is notable that James Stewart could play such a callow young man who takes advantage of his mother's generosity.
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