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Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Western  |  11 February 1938 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jason Wilkins
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Mary Wilkins
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George Ames
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Dr. Charles Shingle
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Annie Hawks
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Jim Meeker
Leona Roberts ...
Sister Clarke
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Quid
Clem Bevans ...
Elder Massey
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Rufus Inchpin
Gene Reynolds ...
Jason Wilkins as a Child
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ...
Annie Hawks as a Child
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Chauncey Ames
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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 <perrymv@sumter.net>

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

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Drama | Western

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Trivia

The title was chosen in a nationwide contest MGM held on its radio program. The winner, high school student Ray Harris, not only won $5,000 but also was a special guest at the world premiere of the movie in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. The film's battle scene cost $50,000 and required 2000 men to film. Ted Healy is on early production charts, but died before the end of filming. He is said to appear in one scene. See more »

Quotes

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.
Jason Wilkins: 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.
Jason Wilkins: I understand, father.
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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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An excellent story about human behavior.
5 January 2000 | by (Independence Oregon) – See all my reviews

The author touches the heart with old story that relates to today's "me" society (which in many cases is without gratitude for the contributions of others). The acting is superb and conveys the emotions of the story without special effects needed. Recommend this movie highly to everyone, should be mandatory for those under 25.


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