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The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

Over a period of a week the voice of God is heard on radios all over the world.

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"Joe Smith, American" lives in a Los Angeles suburb and works at an aircraft plant. One night Joe hears a voice cut in on a radio program: "This is God. I'll be with you for the next few days." It turns out, everyone in the world listening to any radio heard the same thing. More messages come; some people react positively, others negatively. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the men who made "Battleground" such a memorable motion picture...Director William A. Wellman and Producer Dore Schary...comes another unusual screen adventure. See more »

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11 November 1950 (Australia)  »

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A Voz que Vão Ouvir  »

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$421,000 (estimated)
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The voice of God is never actually heard in the movie. The screenplay is written in such a way that the consequences of each of God's broadcasts are seen, but the broadcasts themselves are omitted. See more »

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When Joe and Johnny leave in the morning for work and school, the sun is shining on their house from the left, judging by the shadows. When Joe returns home from work, the sun and the shadows are the same. Note the shadow of Joe's house on the one next door to the right in both scenes. See more »

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Joe Smith, American: A voice said, "this is God, I'll be with you for the next few days."
Mrs. Mary Smith: Well, it must be one of those mystery voice shows. You know, you have to guess whose voice?
Joe Smith, American: They usually tell you about the prizes first.
Mrs. Mary Smith: Maybe one of those Orson Welles things.
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Spun-off from Joe Smith, American (1942) See more »

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a minor cult classic
23 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

God's voice is "The Next Voice You Hear," in a 1950 film starring James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, Gary Gray, and Tom D'Andrea. I saw this movie many, many years ago, and have read of it in recent years due in large part to the presence of our future First Lady. Nancy Davis was an attractive woman and a good actress - I'm certain she could be quite pretty and glamorous as in real life, but the film world cast her differently. Here she's very plain looking, with a pretty smile, and is supposed to have a baby due any second. In true Hollywood form, she looks like she's maybe three months along.

The story concerns that typical '50s family we saw on TV and read about though probably didn't live in - mom, dad, and a cute kid - who have different reactions when God starts speaking on the radio at 8:30 every evening. The Whitmore character seems to embrace its true spirit - let go and live - while his aunt's belief is fear-based, and his wife and child become frightened.

This is a lovely, simple story that some people will find very comforting and others will think is an annoying, preachy bore. I thought the acting somewhat lifted it. James Whitmore was the new Spencer Tracy but never rose above character roles; instead, even now, he enjoys a wonderful stage career. Here he's a man who gets hot and bothered over life's annoyances, hates his boss, but gradually learns a lesson about God's true message. The other performances are good, and the little boy is too cute for words. Always nice to see "Gillis" from "The Life of Riley," Tom D'Andrea, in a role.

This movie isn't for everyone, but if you have a spiritual leaning, you'll like it.


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