One Foot in Heaven
One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Author Hartzell Spence's popular biography of his preacher father was the source for One Foot in Heaven. Fredric March stars as Methodist cleric William Spence, whose calling requires him to move his family from parish to parish on a… 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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Edgar Anstey
The Spectator

This is a warm, sincere and unpretentious picture.

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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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Variety Staff

A warm and human preachment for godliness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Touching crowd-pleasing family drama.

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An outdated if charming piece on the life of a Canadian doctor in training who decides to become a Minister and drags his family across the western U.S. to… More