"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
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This is apparently one of only three films in which the MGM lion is not shown roaring at the start of the opening credits, probably because of the religious theme of the film. The only other known incidence of a non-roaring lion is Ben-Hur (1959), which also has a religious theme, and Westward the Women (1951). (The studio's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) uses the illustrated lion from the MGM record label at its beginning, not a real lion, and so doesn't count.) See more »
To the critics of this movie, I must surmise that many of you were not around in the late 1940's and early 1950's when this movie was made.
There are several very unique conditions under which this movie was made, which you obviously missed...
First one is that the U.S.A. was just recovering from a world war...and about to enter a conflict in Korea. Remember the HUAC committee; about the communist witch hunt as well as the increasing nuclear threat between the U.S. and the Soviet Union? Segregation?
With their political leaders doing little if anything to assuage their fears and in many cases, just adding to them. Is it any wonder that people flocked to movies such as these."Wild" Bill Wellman did an admirable job on this film, although, from reading his autobiography, he did not impress me as a sentimental fool! This he was not.
Sure, looking back on the movie made over 60 years ago, it sounds and appears sanguine, maybe even sophomoric and melodramatic. It would be a tragic placement of judgment if you were ONLY to judge this movie by looking over-your-shoulder, or down-your-nose, from 2013.
Were you to do so, you would then similarly criticize Jimmy Stewart's "It's A Wonder Life" equally, wouldn't you? It's tragic, in my view, that we seldom seen this genre of movie in our sophisticated and technological society.
Many years ago, the old AMC American Movie Classics ran a v-e-r-y rare classic in this same genre. It's title is "Magnificent Obsession". No, not the Rock Hudson/Jane Wyman version, but the Robert Taylor/Irene Dunn version, made in 1935. Look this movie up on IMDb.
Another similar movie is the John Travolta offering, "Phenomenon", from 1996. All of these movies are so underestimated and undervalued by those who may need to take to heart the message of these movies the most.
All these movies cast a glance at the fact that maybe, just maybe, as Walt Whitman so aptly said, "...man is not all included between his hat and his boots."
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