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Of Human Hearts

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Genre  Drama, Western
Producer  Clarence Brown
Language  English
6.9/10 IMDb

Director  Clarence Brown
Music director  Herbert Stothart
Cinematography  Clyde De Vinna
Country  United States
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Release date  February 11, 1938 (1938-02-11)
Writer  Bradbury Foote (screen play), Honore Morrow (story)
Cast  Walter Huston (Ethan Wilkins), James Stewart (Jason Wilkins), Beulah Bondi (Mary Wilkins), Gene Reynolds (Jason Wilkins as a Child), Guy Kibbee (George Ames), Charles Coburn (Dr. Charles Shingle)
Similar movies  Self/less, Sex Tape, No Escape, The Expendables 3, Captain America: Civil War, The Peanuts Movie
Tagline  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Great $5,000 Title Contest Picture

Of Human Hearts is a 1938 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Walter Huston, James Stewart and Beulah Bondi. Stewart plays a proud and ungrateful son who rebels against his preacher father and (after his father's death) neglects his poverty-stricken mother. Bondi was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


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Young Jason Wilkins (Gene Reynolds) has a stern but loving preacher father, Rev. Ethan Wilkins (Walter Huston), and a doting mother, Mary Wilkins (Beulah Bondi). Jason is highly intelligent and outgoing, but also proud and stubborn. His father must often beat him with a leather strap for his impertinence, pride, and rudeness. As a young man (James Stewart), Jason falls in love with beautiful Annie (Ann Rutherford). When Jason's father takes him circuit riding, Jason rebels at the bad food and awful living conditions, and has a fistfight with his father. This ruptures their relationship.

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Jason goes to medical school, and becomes a doctor. He is increasingly neglectful of his parents, and when his father dies he arrives too late to speak with him one last time. Despite his mother's poverty, Jason repeatedly asks her for money, forcing her to sell her silver spoons, and eventually her wedding band, for food. The American Civil War breaks out, and she must sell Jason's beloved horse Pilgrim to pay for his fancy $70.00 officer's uniform. When Jason fails to write to her for 2 years, Mrs. Wilkins assumes that he is dead and writes a letter to President Abraham Lincoln (John Carradine) asking for information in locating his grave. Lincoln issues an order requiring the young captain to appear before him without delay. Jason arrogantly assumes that he is about to be commended for his actions as a battlefield surgeon. Instead, with the two of them alone in his office, the President accuses him of possessing the worst human quality of all, ingratitude.


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  • Walter Huston as Rev. Ethan Wilkins
  • James Stewart as Jason Wilkins
  • Beulah Bondi as Mary Wilkins
  • Gene Reynolds as Jason Wilkins as a child
  • Guy Kibbee as George Ames
  • Charles Coburn as Dr. Charles Shingle
  • John Carradine as President Abraham Lincoln
  • Ann Rutherford as Annie Hawks
  • Leatrice Joy Gilbert as Annie Hawks as a child
  • Charley Grapewin as Jim Meeker
  • Leona Roberts as Sister Clarke
  • Gene Lockhart as Quid, the Janitor
  • Clem Bevans as Elder Massey
  • Arthur Aylesworth as Rufus Inchpin
  • Sterling Holloway as Chauncey Ames
  • Robert McWade as Dr.Lupus Crumm
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