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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 »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
This poignant, honest and sometimes heart-wrenching film is a rare, 4 star gem about real life. 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 story takes place on a small town located on the Ohio River called "Pine Hill, Ohio". There is an actual town in Ohio by that name, but it is located in Carroll County, many miles north of that important waterway.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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
This poignant, honest and sometimes heart-wrenching film is a rare, 4 star gem about real life., 12 September 1998



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 compelling story about striving for excellence, the reality and tension fathers and sons can experience when a son comes of age, and the love of a mother that can never die.

While both inspiring and at times reminding us of our own failures, it provides a message of hope as well. There is a richness here that is timeless. This film develops its characters at the beginning, not rushing to get to the point. You get to know them. The Civil War elements are very much in the background and clearly secondary to the main theme. This is not a war movie. It is a story about real people.

The surprise at the end of this drama is both forceful and full of genuine emotion. A absolute must see for John Huston and Jimmy Stewart fans, and deserves to be a classic in its own right. Easily one of Stewart's best.

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