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The Twinkle in God's Eye (1955)

Reverend Macklin is headed for Lodestone where his father was killed 25 years before when the Indians burnt down the church. He plans to rebuild the church and minister to the people, but ... See full summary »

Director:

George Blair

Writer:

P.J. Wolfson (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Rev. William Macklin II
Coleen Gray ... Laura
Hugh O'Brian ... Marty Callahan
Joey Forman ... Ted
Don 'Red' Barry ... Dawson (as Don Barry)
Mike Connors ... Lou (as Touch Connors)
Jil Jarmyn ... Millie
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Johnny
Tony Garcen Tony Garcen ... Babe
Raymond Hatton ... Yahoo Man
Ruta Lee ... Ruthie
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Reverend Macklin is headed for Lodestone where his father was killed 25 years before when the Indians burnt down the church. He plans to rebuild the church and minister to the people, but all he seems to do is stop the gambling at the Silver Palace Saloon. Marty wants him to build on the other side of town and will finance the new church if Macklin moves, but he will not. When Marty is robbed by a gang of outlaws one of them hides the money in the church altar. Macklin finds that he has been ordered to San Diego due to his lack of accomplishment, and it might take a miracle for him to stay. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mickey Rooney in a New Kind of Role

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whisky, miracles et revolver See more »

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Production Co:

Mickey Rooney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Twinkle in God's Eye
Written by Mickey Rooney
Sung by Eddy Howard (as Eddie Howard)
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Life Takes A Funny Old Bounce
10 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In its last years Republic Pictures after losing its biggest asset John Wayne did a number of interesting films to try and keep the studio going. One of them was this film, The Twinkle In God's Eye. It's the story of a newly minted minister wanting to take up where his deceased father left off and rebuild his church in the western town of Lodestone.

The casting is a bit unusual with Mickey Rooney, a bit old to play the idealistic young minister, but still giving a decent performance as the idealistic if a big ingenuous lead.

His biggest foe in the town is Hugh O'Brian saloon owner who sees a church cutting in on his business. Rooney wants to build his church on a hill above O'Brian's saloon and O'Brian even offers him money to go somewhere else in the town. But that's where Dad built his church and where Dad was killed. On that he's firm.

Rooney is a George Bailey type hero who in the end realizes just how much of an impact he's had on the people of Lodestone just as Bailey's impact is on Bedford Falls. His biggest impact might just be on Coleen Gray individually who is paralyzed as a result of a fall from a horse, but now won't give up. And life takes a funny old bounce for Hugh O'Brian in that he gets all he wants and more.

In fact everyone gets what they want and/or deserve in The Twinkle In God's Eye including the audience for this film.


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