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Filmed in 1938 at the height of Hollywood's golden age this Clarence Brown directed yarn contains a full measure of the sentimental charm that so characterized the historical dramas that were being produced at the time.
The story takes place shortly before the Civil War and centers on the young son of a poor country preacher who decides he wants to become a doctor much to his father's displeasure and his mother's secret approval. From the very beginning he is shown to be an ingrate, full of embarrassment and shame for the shabby living conditions and tattered hand-me-down clothes grudgingly provided to the family by the community in place of payment for his father's services as preacher. He is forever getting his sweet mother played by the great Bullah Bondi to sell off cherished family heirlooms to meet his selfish wants and with no appreciation at all for the sacrifice. As the years pass and he grows into manhood, the conflict between father and son becomes harsher by the day, until finally the two come to blows which pushes the son to leave town and pursue his dream of becoming a Doctor. He works his way through medical school by cleaning the headmaster's apartment, and with the continued sell-off of his mother's things but soon after entering medical school his father becomes ill and dies. Now his poor mother is left all alone to fare for herself with only the friendship of the town drunk to lean on for moral support.Read more ›
Ethan is humble but strict, emphasizing courtesy and generosity while denouncing pride and selfishness with stern discipline. Jason is practical and wants to become a doctor. His curiosity provokes his fathers wrath, and as he grows into a young man, later portrayed by James Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, etc.), he continues to defy him, at one point declaring "I'd rather save bodies than souls any day!" He runs away to medical school, often sending for money from his mother, who gradually sells her personal posessions to fund him, though he never returns to visit.
Civil War ensues, and Jason is one of the Union's best doctors, trying to save limbs rather than amputate whenever possible, though still neglecting his own parents. He's finally shamed by the President himself, Abraham Lincoln, played excellently by John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath, House of Frankenstein, Bluebeard, Peggy Sue Got Married, etc. etc. etc.).Read more ›
Walter Huston (1884-1950) plays a preacher, newly arrived in a small Ohio town in the years leading up to the Civil War. He was nominated for an Oscar for "Dodsworth" (1936) and again in 1942 ("Devil and Daniel Webster") and 1943 ("Yankee Doodle Dandy") and won in 1949 for "Treasure of the Sierra Madre".
Jimmy Stewart (1908-97) is a film icon. He was nominated for an Oscar 5 times, winning once ("The Philadelphia Story" in 1940). He had 2 BAFTA nominations (Anatomy of a Murder", "The Glenn Miller Story") and 3 Golden Globe nominations including one win ("Hawkins" in 1971). Twice he won the New York film critics award ("Anatomy of a Murder" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") and he also gave us such memorable performances in "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". Stewart plays Huston's son who wants to be a physician, much to Huston's chagrin.This is a rare role for Stewart who plays a self-absorbed young man who is far from sympathetic.
Beulah Bondi (1888-1981) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film. She had been nominated previously for "The Gorgeous Hussy" (1936) and won an Emmy in 1977 for "The Waltons". She is best remembered for playing Granny in 1948s "So Dear to My Heart". Bondi plays Huston's wife and Stewart's mother. Bondi had the distinction of playing Stewart's mother in 4 other films including "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". She even reprised the role in 1971 for Stewart's TV show.Read more ›
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GREAT FAMILY MOVIE!!! This has a movie I have loved since I was a child and I was very happy to see it finally available on DVD! Read morePublished 20 days ago by JLS
It will always be one of my all time favorites. I especially love it when Abraham Lincoln chews out Jimmy Stewart for being an ungrateful son. Read morePublished 5 months ago by gloria winkel
I bought this because I really enjoy Beulah Bondi and James Stewart. I don't think I've ever seen either on of them in something I didn't enjoy. Can't wait to see it.Published 6 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
This is a good movie, I found it to be interesting. The ending was very good, I loved it. It's unfortunate that this doesn't seem to be a well known movie.Published 6 months ago by Kari
First of all, I adore Beulah Bondi! As an actress, she can do no wrong. Unfortunately, neither she nor a very young and earnest James Stewart NOR the always magnificent Walter... Read morePublished 9 months ago by RANDEL
This is my favorite movie ever, prior to see this DVD available it was over $100 that was crazy, thank you for having this DVD at a affordable price!Published 10 months ago by Arleen Taylor
if John Carradines scene as Abraham Lincoln doesn't bring tears to your eyes you better see a doctor, you may be dead,
a lot of intense emotion in this forgotten movie, fun... Read more
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