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Of Human Hearts (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 11 February 1938 (USA)
This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Bradbury Foote (screen play), Honore Morrow (story "Benefits Forgot") (as Honoré Morrow)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Huston ... Ethan Wilkins
James Stewart ... Jason Wilkins
Beulah Bondi ... Mary Wilkins
Guy Kibbee ... George Ames
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Charles Shingle
John Carradine ... President Lincoln
Ann Rutherford ... Annie Hawks
Charley Grapewin ... Jim Meeker
Leona Roberts ... Sister Clarke
Gene Lockhart ... Quid
Clem Bevans ... Elder Massey
Arthur Aylesworth ... Rufus Inchpin
Gene Reynolds ... Jason Wilkins - as a Child
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Annie Hawks - as a Child
Sterling Holloway ... Chauncey Ames
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Storyline

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die. Written by <perrymv@sumter.net>

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Great $5,000 Title Contest Picture

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benefits Forgot See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Beulah Bondi portrayed James Stewart's mother five times: In It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Of Human Hearts (1938) and Vivacious Lady (1938), and once on his television series, The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971). See more »

Goofs

When James is told he can't have the magazines and sees they are going to Mr. Ame's son, he turns away to leave the room twice in successive shots. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Ethan Wilkins: Jason, this is an important event in sister Clarke's life, our stopping here tonight. She never had a minister visit her before.
Jason Wilkins: Well, I don't wonder at that. But that frog, pop - why, it made me sick!
Rev. Ethan Wilkins: Suppose I'd called her attention to it, told her it was there? She never would have recovered from the mortification. The only time the minister ever stopped for her... it wasn't easy, but I swallowed it. That, sir, is my idea of courtesy. And I wish you not to forget it.
Jason Wilkins: I understand, father.
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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a buglar when Jason sees his horse Pilgrim
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pretty good
27 September 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

This was directed by Clarence Brown and stars Walter Huston and Jimmy Stewart. The movie starts out with Huston arriving in a small Ohio town before The Civil War with his wife and son. The people agreed to pay Huston $400 dollars a year but Guy Kibbee talks them down to $250 but Huston doesn't seem to mind and his son does. Kibbee tries to take advantage of Huston but he knows how to take care of himself and he is pretty tough with his son. His son becomes friends with Charles Coburn who is the town doctor but is a drunk and his father doesn't like it. The son then grows up to become James Stewart and he is interested in becoming a doctor but his family is poor and can't afford to send him. Stewart eventually becomes a doctor during the Civil War and John Carradine has a cameo as Abraham Lincoln, even though you can't recognize him.


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