One Foot in Heaven (1941)


“He who speaks to only one generation is already dead. And he who listens to only one generation is deaf. ” – William Spence

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A medical student who feels the calling to serve God takes his new bride and moves them to middle America in order to become a Preacher.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before, but when I came across it, I was quite interested in seeing what it was all about since I have always been a fan of Fredric March’s work.

The story itself is done quite well especially since it deals with things happening over a Century ago.

The plot mostly works and is only a bit preachy when it comes to morals and clinging to faith.

They do an excellent job showing us the true hardships of the men and women who choose a life in the “ministry” and how difficult it can be on their family members also.

Yet, they still make sure to show us the importance of such people taking on this kind of calling.

March is great in the lead and proves once again why he was such a great actor.

The idea that children can also teach adults is a great subplot in this film because it still rings so true over 100 years after this story takes place.

I personally loved the subplot about how movies aren’t all inherent evil and that they can encompass great moral issues for people to learn from.

Bottom Line – Very nicely done if not a bit preachy film. Shows the definite hardships on families that choose this path in life yet also shows the importance of doing so.  March does a fine job in the lead role and shows once again how great an actor he was.  I really liked the subplot about movies having meaning in life and that they shouldn’t all be banned immediately.  The added idea that children can be teachers to adults still rings so true even a century after this story takes place. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – William S. Hart was the guest of honor at the Hollywood premiere of this movie, since his movie The Silent Man (1917) figures prominently in the plot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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