In old age, Miss Bishop reminisces about her life. A dedicated teacher, she spent her whole life teaching at Midwestern College. She never married when her first love married her cousin and another could not get a divorce from his wife. When her cousin dies giving birth, she raises the girl as if she were her own daughter and names her Hope. Throughout her life, she proved to be an inspiration to many students, many of whom move on to great things. On her retirement, many of her students return to say farewell. Written by
This film received its first documented telecasts in New York City Thursday 7 August 1947 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Washington DC Sunday 8 February 1948 on WNBW (Channel 4), in St. Louis Sunday 23 May 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in both Philadelphia and Baltimore Tuesday 1 June 1948 on WPTZ (Channel 3) and WBAL (Channel 11), in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) Saturday 28 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Saturday 12 March 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in Cincinnati Monday 12 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »
James Corcoran, Midwestern U. President:
[addresses registering students]
I know some of you have walked miles to get here, and that everyday for four years you'll have to walk those miles; through rain, sleet and snow. But I know this: the end will pay you for those hardships; because the end is wisdom. Wisdom is first cousin to freedom, and freedom is the glory of our nation - and our people. Let us pray: almighty and most merciful God; here on free land, under free air, we have tried to build a house for wisdom, free to all. Look ...
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This was a kind of a female "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" with Martha Scott in the lead. Unlike "Chips," however, this one centered more around the lead's relationships with the opposite sex than it did her teaching career.
The film starts off well with some wonderful old-fashioned goodness that one can only find in the movies during the 1930s or 1940s. Edmund Gwenn, who plays the president of the college featured in the film, begins a meeting with a prayer! Can you see that in today's films?
Unfortunately, Scott's morals deteriorate as she has a relationship with a married man. Later, her granddaughter thinks of doing the same. Nowhere in the film does it hint that perhaps that is the wrong thing to do! The only comment was that if you have kids, it would cause a scandal inferring that otherwise, hey, go for it! No wonder the Liberal critics love this movie.
If you like women's films, you probably will like this as romance is the main theme. To me, the beginning and the sentimental ending were nice but the bulk of the story.....well, better for someone who prefers "soaps."
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