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Of Human Hearts (1938) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Clarence Brown and John W. Considine Jr..

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressBeulah BondiNominated
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DVD Review: Of Human Hearts (1938)

on Feb 6, 2014 From True Classics

Roughly a decade before the Civil War, Reverend Ethan Wilkins (Walter Huston) accepts a position ministering to an isolated, poverty-stricken town in Ohio called Pine Hill. Though the townspeople had promised to pay Ethan an annual salary of $400, he is informed upon his arrival that they cannot aff... Read full article


Of Human Hearts (1938) (2)

By Beatrice on Dec 16, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Of Human Hearts Directed by Clarence Brown Written by Bradbury Foote from the story “Benefits Forgot” by Honore Morrow 1938/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Warner Archives DVD This picture has everything going for it but the story was a bit too slight to hook me. Preacher Ethan W... Read full article


Of Human Hearts (1938) (1)

By Brandy Dean on Oct 9, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

Set in Ohio, circa 1845 to 1865, Of Human Hearts tracks the intergenerational conflict between Preacher Ethan Wilkins (Walter Huston) and his son Jason (Jimmy Stewart). While the good reverend is forgiving of his congregants, he is far less sympathetic to the material ambitions of his son. The essen... Read full article


Of Human Hearts(1938).

By Dawn on Jul 5, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Of Human Hearts(1938). Directed by Clarence Brown.Cast: Walter Huston, James Stewart and Beulah Bondi. Bondi was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The story begins when Rev. Ethan Wilkins moves his family from a wealthy parish in Maryland to an impoverished village on the... Read full article


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Rev. Ethan Wilkins: We thank Thee, Father, for this and all Thy bounties. Teach us to avoid the pitfalls of prejudice, pride, and vanity. Make us thoughtful of the weak, the sick, the needy, and the unfortunate, and make our humble lives a reflection of Thy goodness. We ask these things in Thy name. Amen.


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The title was chosen in a nationwide contest MGM held on its radio program. The winner, high school student Ray Harris, not only won $5,000 but also was a special guest at the world premiere of the movie in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. The film's battle scene cost $50,000 and required 2000 men to film. Ted Healy is on early production charts, but died before the end of filming. He is said to appear in one scene.
The story takes place on a small town located on the Ohio River called "PIne Hill, Ohio". There is an actual town in Ohio by that name, but it is located in Carroll County, many miles north of that important waterway.
Beulah Bondi portrayed James Stewart's mother five times: In It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Human Hearts and Vivacious Lady, and once on his television series, The Jimmy Stewart Show.
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