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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:
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)
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Of Human Hearts 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:
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: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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Of Human Hearts, 23 December 2005
Author: Stormy_Autumn from the Pacific Northwest

This is a pre-civil war and civil war movie.

It stars Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi and Jimmy Stewart as a minister's family with little money and a number of misunderstandings between Father Ethan and son, Jason. The mother, Mary, ends up trying to be the constant peace keeper.

Ethan wants his son to be a preacher. The dream of Jason's heart is be a doctor. Mary loves her husband but wants to see their son happy in the life's work he desires to do. Jason is to self-centered to see what his bickering with his father is doing to his mother.

In anger Jason runs off. Goes to school and then war. His mother doesn't hear from him for several years and she finally contacts President Lincoln (John Carradine) to learn where her son is and if he's alright.

Lincoln's reaction is predictable since we must remember Lincoln lost his mother, Nancy, at a young age. Now a decision must be made on what Jason will do. How much has he grown up? Will he realize he has broken his mother's heart?

It's at least a big box of hankies movie for all of us.

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