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Houseley Stevenson ...
Dr. Charles Grayson (as Houseley Stevenson Sr.)
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Pastor William Goodwin
Onslow Stevens ...
Attorney Palmer
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Peter Grover
John Eldredge ...
Justice Webster
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Bert Grayson
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Dr. James Brady
Russell Hicks ...
Jess Northrup
Al Bridge ...
John Biddle, Gardener (as Alan Bridges)
Effie Laird ...
Mary Biddle, Housekeeper
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Louie Lumpkin
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Dalton
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
Ken Grayson
Chester Clute ...
Juror Meek
Tim Ryan ...
Ben Renson
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Dr. Charles Greyson is a famous and wealthy former surgeon. His nephews have taken him to court to challenge his competency, due to his recent inexplicable gifts of large amounts of cash to the church, and, apparently, to some nefarious scam artists. The film is portrayed as a courtroom drama first painting "Dr. Charlie" as incompetent and easily swindled, then telling his side of events and putting them into context. In the courtroom, and by use of flashback, we hear of Dr. Charlies' move away from impersonal contribution on an institutional level, and preferring to express Christian stewardship directly to people who need it, and by helping spread the word of God by donating to Mission fronts who fight fear, anxiety and destitution around the world. We even find the scam artists having turned a new leaf, and creating new lives for themselves. Message being that all that we are we owe to God, and the profits gained from our God-given abilities require care and thought before sharing. Written by Anonymous

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If life could make humanity half as kind as the hero here.
10 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On trial for basically being too kind and squandering his money on charitable causes, elderly Houseley Stevenson is an amazing man, even if fictional. This religious drama, made for church audiences, is only slightly preachy, yet never sanctimonious. His love for humanity has his mind and heart opened even more by a moving sermon given by his pastor, Donald Woods. This lovable old man listens to the plights of strangers on the street, writes a check he has linked to his own personal tithing account. Woods explains that tithing should never be just from the pocket to the church, but from the heart to Christ. I wished while watching this, I couldn't help but be touched and it reminded me of my own failings and strengths as a child of God.

In this day and age when talking about anything remotely Christian is looked on with contempt, I try to remember what the true message of Christianity is supposed to be, and the spiritual warfare today that brings on hate between believers and non-believers is obviously thriving as seen on our news every day. These old fashioned religious movies, often seen as church basements and assembly halls, remind me of the joy I found in my faith as a child, although the scripts of these are much more complex and never juvenile.

Veteran stars of stage and screen utilized their own faith and belief in the subject matter proved that Hollywood did have a heart beyond the bright lights and premieres. Esther Howard, a veteran character actress who often played tough older broads. Stands for among Stevenson's benefactors whose whole outlook on life changes. The court proceedings are sad in watching the prosecution eliminate jurors who admit to giving regularly to their church. Seeing this reminds me of simpler times with kinder ideals which you find hard to adhere to when you leave the sanctuary of your home and head out onto the real streets of our cynical era.


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