Of Human Hearts
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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 ›
I took it and showed it to my Sunday School class. Loved this movie. Every family should watch it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I watched this show on Turner Classic Movies. It is so good and heartwarming. I wish there were more shows like this one.Published 1 month ago by mummsy
A orginal family drama that wasn't afraid to spank their childrenPublished 2 months ago by Outlanderfan
Sorry I did not like this movie at all. Others did so maybe it's worth a try.Published 4 months ago by M. Nancy Chambers
In 1938 film, Of Human Hearts...Abraham Lincoln scolds Jimmy Stewart while He is in the war for not remembering his mother and writing her every week. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Denise M. DiFalco
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 6 months ago by JLS
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