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Director:
Writers:
Bradbury Foote (screen play)
Honore Morrow (story)
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Release Date:
11 February 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Great $5,000 Title Contest Picture
Plot:
This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
"We can't all do what's right." See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Charles Peck ... Chauncey Ames as a Child
Robert McWade ... Dr. Lupus Crumm
Minor Watson ... Capt. Griggs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Bohanon ... (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Lout Laughing in Church (uncredited)
Ralph Bushman ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Cantwell (uncredited)
Stanley Fields ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Army Intern (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Mrs. Ames (uncredited)
Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Ardsley (uncredited)
Larry Harris ... (uncredited)
Evelyn Kurt ... School Kid (uncredited)
Larry Kurt ... School Kid (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Lout Laughing in Church (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Attendant at College of Surgery (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Soldier Holding Pilgrim - the Horse (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Hawks (uncredited)
Guy Bates Post ... Horse Buyer (uncredited)
William Stack ... Uniform Salesman (uncredited)
Phillip Terry ... Army Intern (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Doctor Attending Capt. Griggs (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Bradbury Foote (screen play)

Honore Morrow (story "Benefits Forgot") (as Honoré Morrow)

Conrad Richter  treatment contributor (uncredited)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Clyde De Vinna (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Josef Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Mason Hopper .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Oliver .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Axt .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles E. Whittaker .... technical advisor (as Charles Whittaker)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4018) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)
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Trivia:
Several actors listed in studio records were not seen in the film. These were, with their character names: Frank McGlynn Sr. (Lout), John Miljan (Captain Griggs), Frank Reicher (Officer), Willard Robertson (Recruiting Officer) and Morgan Wallace (Dr. Crandall)See more »
Quotes:
Rev. Ethan Wilkins:We thank Thee, Father, for this and all Thy bounties. Teach us to avoid the pitfalls of prejudice, pride, and vanity. Make us thoughtful of the weak, the sick, the needy, and the unfortunate, and make our humble lives a reflection of Thy goodness. We ask these things in Thy name. Amen.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"We can't all do what's right.", 8 August 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Jason Wilkins (James Stewart) grows up poor and resentful towards his minister father Ethan (Walter Huston). Ethan is a good man but stern and rigid in his beliefs. Ethan's self-sacrificing wife Mary (Beulah Bondi) tries to balance his hardness by being as kind and gentle to their son as she can. When Jason is older he leaves home to go study to become a doctor. He's supported through this by money his parents send him from things they sell. After Ethan's father dies, Jason begins to neglect his mother more, writing home less and less except to ask for money. Eventually he stops writing altogether.

This is an interesting one. I expected after reading some of the lukewarm reviews that it would be a stinker but I actually liked it. It's flawed, for sure, but it's also unique. There is a somewhat muddled message I suppose. The first half of the movie, where Jason is a child (excellently played by Gene Reynolds) creates a sympathetic portrait of him and an unsympathetic one of his father. But after Jason has grown up, he's a selfish ingrate who needs to be slapped around. His father, while still a hard-ass, is shown to have a kinder side and a genuine concern for his fellow man. The two halves do not necessarily have to be out of sync with one another. It's perfectly reasonable to assume that Jason's harsh upbringing has led him to being bitter and selfish. The problem is that the film doesn't seem to take this point of view. Once Jason is an adult, the focus is on his faults only and there's never a hint that his father was ever wrong at all. Add to that the shameful treatment of his saintly mother and Jason becomes downright villainous.

Still, it's an interesting drama with a homespun folksy charm and healthy doses of humor sprinkled throughout. The leads are all good. Guy Kibbee, Charles Coburn, Gene Lockhart, Charley Grapewin, and Sterling Holloway are among the wonderful character actors who brighten things up. Adorable Ann Rutherford is always nice to see, even though she gets little to do here but look pretty. The most famous scene from the movie is where Abraham Lincoln (John Carradine) lays the verbal smack down on Jason. This scene is mocked by many but I loved it. Was it hokey? Sure, but it was also fun and added a nice twist to the movie's climax. A better movie than I think its given credit for being. Stewart and Huston fans should enjoy it.

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