One Foot in Heaven
One Foot in Heaven (1941)

In this film, Fredric March stars as Methodist cleric William Spence, whose calling requires him to move his family from parish to parish on a near-monthly basis. Spence's stubbornness loses him as many parishioners as he gains, but he… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 1, 1941
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Out of Hartzell Spence's deeply affectionate biography of his ministerial father, William Spence, the Warners have derived a cheerful and warmly compassionate film, an excellent character study and an adult entertainment on the screen.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

In one of his finest performances, Fredric March plays Rev. William Spence, a Methodist minister who devotes his life to transforming wavering parishes into strong pillars of faith.

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Variety Staff

A warm and human preachment for godliness.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's worth watching for March's performance -- although we don't get to hear him preach enough -- and for his take-down of a wealthy family determined to run his church for him.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie's stiff sense of virtue won it an Oscar nomination, but more impressive is Scott's weirdly distant performance as a woman who impulsively accepts the life of a church mouse and then finds she can't do much for her children.

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Emanuel Levy

Frederic March gives an honorable performance in this sentimental and fictionalized biopic of the reverend William Spence in this Oscar-nominated picture.

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John Ballantine
An outdated if charming piece on the life of a Canadian doctor in training who decides to become a Minister and drags his family across the western U.S. to… More