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The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

Over a period of a week the voice of God is heard on radios all over the world.

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William A. Wellman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Whitmore ... Joe Smith, American
Nancy Reagan ... Mrs. Mary Smith (as Nancy Davis)
Gary Gray ... Johnny Smith
Lillian Bronson ... Aunt Ethel
Art Smith ... Fred Brannan
Tom D'Andrea ... Harry 'Hap' Magee
Jeff Corey ... Freddie Dibson
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Storyline

"Joe Smith, American" lives in a Los Angeles suburb and works at an aircraft plant. One night Joe hears a voice cut in on a radio program: "This is God. I'll be with you for the next few days." It turns out, everyone in the world listening to any radio heard the same thing. More messages come; some people react positively, others negatively. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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With Deep and Heartfelt Pleasure, We Want to Announce a Wonderful and Most Unusual Motion Picture...THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED AT 8:30 P.M. ALL OVER THE WORLD!... See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz que Vão Ouvir See more »

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Budget:

$421,000 (estimated)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of God is never actually heard in the movie. The screenplay is written in such a way that the consequences of each of God's broadcasts are seen, but the broadcasts themselves are omitted. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Johnny leave in the morning for work and school, the sun is shining on their house from the left, judging by the shadows. When Joe returns home from work, the sun and the shadows are the same. Note the shadow of Joe's house on the one next door to the right in both scenes. See more »

Quotes

Joe Smith, American: [to Johnny] Johnny, how many times have I told you? Don't do like I do; do like I say.
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A strange, thought provoking fantasy tale.
31 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

This is an unusual picture. The idea of God speaking to the whole world over the radio, is sure to provoke conversation. Whitmore is great(as always!)as the average 'joe', just too busy to stop and consider what he is really doing in his life/with his family and friends. Considering this one was made during the height of the cold-war, I'm sure it reflects the fears and anxieties of the times. Know what? It's just as timely now.


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