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Director  William A. Wellman
Music director  David Raksin
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Producer  Dore Schary
Language  English
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Writer  George Sumner Albee, Charles Schnee
Release date  June 29, 1950
Cast  James Whitmore (Joe Smith), Nancy Reagan (Mary Smith), Gary Gray (Johnny Smith), Lillian Bronson (Aunt Ethel), Art Smith (Fred Brannan), Tom D'Andrea (Harry Magee)
Similar movies  American Graffiti, Sleepless in Seattle, Good Morning, Vietnam, Talk to Me, The Night Listener, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Tagline  The story of what happened at 8:30 p.m. to the Joe Smiths and families like them all over the world!

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The Next Voice You Hear... is a 1950 drama film in which a voice claiming to be that of God preempts all radio programs for days all over the world. It stars James Whitmore and Nancy Davis (who later became Nancy Reagan) as Joe and Mary Smith, a typical American couple. It was based on a short story of the same name by George Sumner Albee. The voice is never heard by the (film) audience.


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The production of the film, from script stage to screen, was extensively covered as the subject of producer Dore Schary's 1950 book (with Charles Palmer) Case History of a Movie.

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  • James Whitmore as Joe Smith
  • Nancy Davis as Mary Smith
  • Gary Gray as Johnny Smith
  • Lillian Bronson as Aunt Ethel
  • Art Smith as Fred Brannan
  • Tom D'Andrea as Harry "Hap" Magee
  • Jeff Corey as Freddie Dibson
  • Billy Bletcher as Newspaper Subscriber (uncredited)
  • Cecil Brown as Himself - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Frank Cady as Baldy - Plant Worker in Locker Room (uncredited)
  • George Chandler as Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
  • Thomas Browne Henry as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Chet Huntley as Radio News Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
  • Sherry Jackson as Girl in Church (uncredited)
  • Douglas Kennedy as Mitch (uncredited)
  • Frank Mills as Man in Church (uncredited)
  • Music

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    The score for the film was composed by David Raksin and conducted by Raksin and Johnny Green. The "hymn-like" theme used for the main and end titles would later be published as "Hasten the Day," with lyrics by Norman Corwin.

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    Surviving portions of Raksin's score, excluding some source music, were released on compact disc in 2009 on the Film Score Monthly label.


    The New York times review wrote "...this is not an intellectual film. It is strictly and candidly emotional." and ending "we suggest that you, too, will find it difficult to hold out long against "The Next Voice You Hear . . .""

    According to MGM records the film earned $668,000 in the US and Canada and $120,000 overseas, resulting in a loss to the studio of $65,000.


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