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One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 1 November 1941 (USA)
Episodic look at the life of a minister and his family as they move from one parish to another.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Hope Morris Spence
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Mrs. Lydia Sandow
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Preston Thurston
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Eileen Spence
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Elias Samson
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Mrs. Preston Thurston
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Clayton Potter
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Dr. John Romer
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Hartzell Spence
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Dr. Horrigan
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John E. Morris
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Mrs. Morris
Carlotta Jelm ...
Eileen Spence
Peter Caldwell ...
Hartzell Spence
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In the early twentieth century, William Spence and Hope Morris Spence are a Methodist minister and his wife. From Central Canada, William forwent his medical school education in Toronto to become a minister, much to the chagrin of Hope's well off parents of Stratford, Ontario. Regardless of the unknowns of their first posting in rural Iowa, the only posting available, Hope married William in 1904. The adjustment to their new life was initially more difficult for Hope, especially their new poor economic standing and having their life not wholly being their own but rather that of their congregation, as William had the focus of this decision on which to drive his purpose. Their life over the next twenty years or so is presented, which eventually includes three children and they being constantly on the move as William gets assigned from one parish to another across the United States. That life is largely characterized by William having a strong mindset, but who will admittedly change his ... Written by Huggo

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Folks, meet a grand FATHER! He's the affable, laffable head of the most delightful family that ever stepped out of America's screens...into America's hearts!

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Biography | Drama

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1 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Con un pie en el cielo  »

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Received only one Oscar nomination, which was for Best Picture. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, William Spence (Fredric March) announces he has been "called" to the church and will become a pastor in the Methodist Church. His soon-to-be mother-in-law, Mrs. Norris (Nana Bryant)), replies that she would have preferred that he'd joined the Episcopal Church. At that time, in Canada, the dominant church was the Church of England, not the Episcopal Church. That is predominantly a US institution born out of the American Revolution. See more »

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William Spence: [upon his new found enlightenment about motion pictures] He who speaks to only one generation is already dead. And he who listens to only one generation is deaf.
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Features The Silent Man (1917) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Played when the doughboys ship out
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One Fabulous Film
24 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film. Somewhat reminiscent of a film that came out about 14 years later, "A Man Called Peter". The true story of Pastor Peter Marshall. I was stunned to see a fairly good depiction of a cohesive, loving family, whose father was a biblically solid Christian pastor. He was not a thundering hypocrite as Hollywood now paints any Protestant clergy in the movies and on TV.

I saw it this morning on TCM and was greatly impressed by its sensitive portrayal of the pastor played by March. Except for the film about Peter Marshall, I have never seen a finer rendering of a Christian family on film. I loved the musical score, it had a great mix of some of the finest hymns of the Christian Church. I must agree with a previous comment, the final scene of the town folk's response to Pastor Spence's playing of the bells,was great. It brought tears to my eyes.

I hope you can tell, I liked this movie! - Jay Howard


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