Stars in My Crown (1950)

89 or 91 mins | Drama | 11 May 1950

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Producer:

William H. Wright

Cinematographer:

Charles Schoenbaum

Editor:

Gene Ruggiero

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although Lionel Barrymore is listed in the CBCS as the narrator, the film was actually narrated by Marshall Thompson. According to a Feb 1948 LAT news item, Robert Taylor was originally set to star in the film. A Mar 1948 HR news item noted that William Wright was set to direct the picture, and that Van Heflin was being considered for the male lead. The film received a number of awards for exellence by many organizations, including an official citation of merit by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and a special plaque proclaiming Stars in My Crown as the "Best Picture of the Year" by the editor of the Christian Herald ... More Less

Although Lionel Barrymore is listed in the CBCS as the narrator, the film was actually narrated by Marshall Thompson. According to a Feb 1948 LAT news item, Robert Taylor was originally set to star in the film. A Mar 1948 HR news item noted that William Wright was set to direct the picture, and that Van Heflin was being considered for the male lead. The film received a number of awards for exellence by many organizations, including an official citation of merit by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and a special plaque proclaiming Stars in My Crown as the "Best Picture of the Year" by the editor of the Christian Herald magazine. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
16 Nov 49
p. 6.
Daily Variety
1 Mar 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Mar 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 48
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
16 May 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 49
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 50
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
6 Feb 1948.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Jan 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Mar 50
p. 213.
New York Times
22 Dec 50
p. 19.
Variety
1 Mar 50
p. 6.
Variety
21 Aug 1950.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
Vocal arr
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Stars in My Crown by Joe David Brown (New York, 1947).
SONGS
"Will There Be Any Stars?" "Shall We Gather at the River?" "Beulah Land" and "Nut Brown Maiden," traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 May 1950
Production Date:
10 May--late June 1949
Addl scenes mid November 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 January 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2882
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89 or 91
Length(in feet):
8,014
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14046
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1865, Parson Josiah Doziah Gray arrives in the small Southern town of Walsburg and begins preaching to the townspeople. The town has become so dangerous over the years that Josiah gives his first sermon at the local saloon while holding the patrons at gun point. Josiah leads the effort to build the town's first church, and soon falls in love with and marries Harriet, the church organist. Josiah also befriends Uncle Famous Prill, a black man with whom he often goes fishing. Famous owns mica-rich property, which the nefarious general store owner Lon Backett is trying to wrest from him. Time passes, and the Grays adopt John Kenyon, Josiah's nephew, who has been orphaned. Nearly a decade after his arrival in Walsburg, Josiah learns that Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr., a recent medical school graduate and the son of one of Josiah's friends, is planning to leave Walsburg because the townspeople are hesitant to accept a young doctor with modern schooling as their physician. The doctor rejects Josiah's piety, and while looking for work outside the town, falls in love with Faith Radmore Samuels, a Walsburg schoolteacher. Daniel tries to persuade Faith to move away with him, but just as they are about to leave, an epidemic of typhoid breaks out and John falls ill. Daniel stays to care for the ill, but he soon comes to suspect that Josiah is unwittingly spreading the disease at his sermons. Hoping to prevent further infections, Josiah consents to the doctor's suggestion that he go into a self-imposed quarantine. When Faith contracts typhoid and is given a poor prognosis by Daniel, Josiah stuns the doctor and others by ... +


In 1865, Parson Josiah Doziah Gray arrives in the small Southern town of Walsburg and begins preaching to the townspeople. The town has become so dangerous over the years that Josiah gives his first sermon at the local saloon while holding the patrons at gun point. Josiah leads the effort to build the town's first church, and soon falls in love with and marries Harriet, the church organist. Josiah also befriends Uncle Famous Prill, a black man with whom he often goes fishing. Famous owns mica-rich property, which the nefarious general store owner Lon Backett is trying to wrest from him. Time passes, and the Grays adopt John Kenyon, Josiah's nephew, who has been orphaned. Nearly a decade after his arrival in Walsburg, Josiah learns that Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr., a recent medical school graduate and the son of one of Josiah's friends, is planning to leave Walsburg because the townspeople are hesitant to accept a young doctor with modern schooling as their physician. The doctor rejects Josiah's piety, and while looking for work outside the town, falls in love with Faith Radmore Samuels, a Walsburg schoolteacher. Daniel tries to persuade Faith to move away with him, but just as they are about to leave, an epidemic of typhoid breaks out and John falls ill. Daniel stays to care for the ill, but he soon comes to suspect that Josiah is unwittingly spreading the disease at his sermons. Hoping to prevent further infections, Josiah consents to the doctor's suggestion that he go into a self-imposed quarantine. When Faith contracts typhoid and is given a poor prognosis by Daniel, Josiah stuns the doctor and others by saving her life through prayer. Humbled by the experience, Daniel apologizes to Josiah for not believing in the healing power of prayer, and the two make amends. Later, Daniel again demonstrates the power of divine guidance when, through prayer, he single-handedly disperses an angry mob seeking to take away Famous' land. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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