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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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Another Cinema Treasure 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:[after Jason has rejected and mocked the old black coat that sister Clarke has donated him] Pride... Pride and selfishness. They're out of place in our family, Jason. Unless you conquer them they're going to make you unhappy, and those who love you unhappy, too. All you seem to think about is that "doctor book."
Jason Wilkins:Well, suppose I do? I'd rather save bodies than souls any day!
Rev. Ethan Wilkins:I'm sorry you said that, son. Sorry you mistake that cold frankness of yours for courage. Come outside, please.
Jason Wilkins:Now, wait a minute, pop. You're not gonna' whip me any more - I'm too old.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Another Cinema Treasure, 3 March 2006
Author: pdabbs from United States

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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