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Journey Into Light (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 25 August 1952 (UK)
A minister embittered by his wife's suicide turns away from God. He ends up among the bums of skid row before he finds meaning again through the love of a missionary's blind daughter.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Stephanie Nordli (screenplay), Irving Shulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Reverend John Burrows
Viveca Lindfors ... Christine Thorssen
Thomas Mitchell ... Gandy
Ludwig Donath ... 'Doc' Thorssen
H.B. Warner ... Wiz - the Wino
Jane Darwell ... Mack
John Berkes ... Racky
Peggy Webber ... Jane Burrows
Paul Guilfoyle ... Fanatic
Charles Evans ... Bishop Logan
Marion Martin ... Diana (as Marian Martin)
Everett Glass ... Deacon Adams
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Deacon Edwards
Billie Bird ... Gertie
O.Z. Whitehead ... Lippy
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A sermon by Rev. John Burrows (Sterling Hayden),is interrupted as his wife, Jane (Peggy Webber),walks down the center aisle of the church. She feels she can not keep up with her husband's ambition and sense of importance, and she commits suicide. In a grave-side rejection of religion, John blames his parishioners rather than himself. He runs of and wanders around the country. After being jailed as a vagrant, he ends up in the Bowery section of New York City. The head of a skid-row mission, "Doc' Thorssen (Ludwig Donath') and his blind daughter, Christine (Viveca Lindfors), take care of him and give him a job as a janitor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The story of a man who turned his back on God!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Skid Row See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A bit old fashioned but enjoyable.
13 October 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, John (Sterling Hayden) is a preacher in the middle of his Sunday morning service when into the church struggles his wife...drunk our of her skull! Not surprisingly, this causes problems with the elders and they push John to send her away for treatment. But he's a proud and foolish man and soon, without help, the wife is dead...from a suicide. Now John's bitter...so bitter he leaves the ministry and does so angrily. In fact, he's so angry that he's soon living on Skid Row...just another angry bum. So how can John reclaim his life and do something to turn around his awful life? See the film and find out for yourself.

Hayden is, as usual, excellent--which comes as no surprise. As far as the plot goes, it's one that worked well back in the less jaded early 1950s. Today, some might see the whole thing as a bit hokey...which is due, in part, to how jaded we've become over the years. I am NOT trying to be preachy myself here...just pointing out how attitudes have changed over the decades. Overall, I found it to be an interesting and earnest film...one worth seeing if you get a chance.


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