Journey Into Light (1951)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  28 September 1951 (USA)
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A minister embittered by his wife's suicide turns away from God. He ends up among the bums of skid row before he finds meaning again through the love of a missionary's blind daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rev, John Burrows
Christine Thorssen
Ludwig Donath ...
'Doc' Thorssen
Wiz, the Wino
John Berkes ...
Peggy Webber ...
Jane Burrows
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Charles Evans ...
Bishop Logan
Everett Glass ...
Deacon Adams
Raymond Bond ...
Deacon Edwards


A sermon by Rev. John Burrows (Sterling Hayden),is interrupted as his wife, Jane (Peggy Webber),walks down the center aisle of the church. She feels she can not keep up with her husband's ambition and sense of importance, and she commits suicide. In a grave-side rejection of religion, John blames his parishioners rather than himself. He runs of and wanders around the country. After being jailed as a vagrant, he ends up in the Bowery section of New York City. The head of a skid-row mission, "Doc' Thorssen (Ludwig Donath') and his blind daughter, Christine (Viveca Lindfors), take care of him and give him a job as a janitor. Written by Les Adams <>

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28 September 1951 (USA)  »

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A Tale of Faith
20 June 2002 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

The Hollywood film industry has often been accused of ignoring the issue of religious faith. This is probably not because (as some people no doubt think) that the film industry is filled full of Godless Satanists. Rather, it is because filmmakers simply do not wish to offend.

Here is a rare film that has a clergyman as a protagonist. Sterling Hayden portrays the Pastor who has a very deep crisis of faith after his alcoholic wife commits suicide. He finds his way to and around skid row. His Journey is a path to a redemption that he has not actually been seeking.

Thomas Mitchell is great in this as well. Actually, he's doing his Doc Boone act from STAGECOACH all over again.

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