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Journey Into Light (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 25 August 1952 (UK)
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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Reverend John Burrows
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Christine Thorssen
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Gandy
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'Doc' Thorssen
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Wiz - the Wino
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Mack
John Berkes ...
Racky
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Jane Burrows
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Fanatic
Charles Evans ...
Bishop Logan
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Diana (as Marian Martin)
Everett Glass ...
Deacon Adams
Raymond Bond ...
Deacon Edwards
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Gertie
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Lippy
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Viveca Lindfors voice like Ingrid Bergman
19 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes if I had closed my eyes I could almost swear it was Ingrid Bergman speaking the female lead as the minister's blind daughter.Sterling Hayden usually played unsmiling granite face parts and this was no exception but I did see him smile once on the fairground ride as he accompanied Viveca.Thomas Mitchell crops up in many Hollywood films most notably as Gerald O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" (1939) and "It's Wonderful Life" (1946), the year of my birth.I believe one of the "bums" also was in the latter film as this actor made a speciality of playing these drunks/down and out parts.The film is about spiritual redemption for an ordained minister who loses his faith and has to come to terms with the death of his drunken wife, (who incidentally had a passing resemblance to the late Jennifer Jones in some scenes).

I found some scenes rather mawkish and over sentimental and found it hard to believe that an intelligent man could stoop so low as to reach the lowest rung on the social ladder.Tonight was my first viewing of this film courtesy of Youtube.com and I rated it 6/10.


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