As 85-year-old President Lorenzo Snow struggles to vanquish the two million dollar indebtedness of the Mormon church in 1899, he feels inspired to journey from Salt Lake City by train and ... See full summary »
As 85-year-old President Lorenzo Snow struggles to vanquish the two million dollar indebtedness of the Mormon church in 1899, he feels inspired to journey from Salt Lake City by train and carriage to St. George in southern Utah. Along the way he witnesses the effects of severe drought. The next day, in the St. George Tabernacle, he receives inspiration that by paying tithing, the "windows of heaven" will open, pouring out blessings. He promises the people that they can plant crops and rain will come, then continues to preach tithing as he returns home where he awaits favorable weather reports from St. George. Written by
The greatest challenge of the makeup artist, 'Joseph Hadley', was to transform 'Francis Urry' from a middle-aged man to appear as Lorenzo Snow, who was about 30 years older. Wetzel O. Whitaker recounts in his memoirs, "Pioneering With Film" that from his very first scene in costume and makeup (Beehive House in Salt Lake City), Urry assumed a shuffling gait and stooped figure and stayed in character through the end of the production whenever he was made up as President Snow, "Actually he was a man about my age, but so convincing was he that I found myself assisting him up and down stairways - and he allowed me to do it !" See more »
[After George F. Gibbs, the secretary to Pres. Snow has been asked to arrange for President Snow's trip to St. George, known as "Utah's Dixie" due to mild weather]
George F. Gibbs (secretary to Pres. Snow):
Oh by the way, that's certainly a terrible drought they're having in St. George... driest season in many years according to reports. I do hope you don't dry up and blow away down there president.
You ought to know me better than that George, it takes more than a little "Dixie" hot air to melt this Snow.
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Disney-esquire version of story from Mormon History
The script of the movie comes from a well documented chapter in Mormon history. The movie itself (especially the original long version) has a very Walt Disney sappy happy happy feel. That's because the lead production people WERE Walt Disney alumni. The director, Wetzel Whitaker, was a Walt Disney pioneer who had worked for the studio for over 40 years.
Is it dated? Oh yes. In so many ways including the horribly bad fake beards it looks like something from 1963, which is when it was made. Kennedy was in the White House. The top movies were Lawrence of Arabia, Lilies of the Field and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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