The Rev. Charles Parker a good guy: teaching baseball to boys, tearing his pants but not caring, planting flowers before finishing his sermon for the next day. The hobo telegraph (words on the back side of a billboard near the tracks) says he's the town's softest touch. George, a tramp, gets to Parker's house and thinks the reverend, torn clothes and all, is a fellow hobo. Charles invites George in, fixes him lunch, and, after a discussion about trust, gives George $10, the keys to the car of his daughter's boyfriend, and tells George to pick up roses for the Parkers' anniversary. Hours pass and George hasn't returned. Did the reverend believe his own sermon and trust the wrong man? Written by
I'm sure some might find this episode to be too sugar-coated but the performances and the upbeat direction make it worth checking out. A preacher (Dennis O'Keefe) is known around the community for his willingness to take in homeless men. One hobo (Sheldon Leonard) shows up so the preacher feeds him and then decides to test the hobo on whether or not he can be trusted. The preacher believes that any man, no matter how rich, poor or what they they are, can be trusted if that person trusts themselves. The preacher gives the hobo some money and a car and then sits back to see if the hobo will take off or if he will return like he said. IT'S ALWAYS Sunday isn't a masterpiece but it's a pretty charming little movie that manages to make one smile thanks to some great performances as well as the well-meaning story. I think many people might be turned off by the sweet and pure nature of the story but I never found it to be preachy and I think it makes its points without beating the viewer over the head with any sort of message. Character actor O'Keefe played a wide range of people in his career and this here is certainly one of the most memorable parts I've seen him in. I thought he did a terrific job at getting across the good-natured heart of this character and you couldn't help but feel and believe you were watching a real preacher testing his own sermon. Leonard plays the wise-cracking hobo in a nice way and his humor works perfectly for the film. Fay Wray plays the preacher's wife and she's good in the few scenes that she's in. Dwan's direction is its usual high standards as he has no problems getting across the story and he manages to make it very upbeat and I enjoyed that style.
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