Beulah Bondi is magnificent, stoic, and proud in melodrama Of Human Hearts set in pre-Civil War Ohio. James Stewart, the resentful son of a stern preacher, becomes a doctor through his mother’s sacrifice. But after he moves East and enters the war, he ignores his family. Bondi fears that he has been killed and writes to President Lincoln (John Carradine) asking if he knows of her son’s whereabouts. The president sternly presses a reconciliation between Stewart and his dying mother.
John Carradine, who plays Abraham Lincoln in Of Human Hearts (1938), played another U.S. president, William McKinley, in A Message to Garcia (1936). In the latter film, however, only the distinctive voice of the esteemed character actor is heard.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress: Beulah Bondi.
Cast: Beulah Bondi, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Walter Huston, Ann Rutherford, James Stewart
Director: Clarence Brown
Producer: John Considine
Director of Photography: Clyde De Vinna
Editor: Frank E. Hull
Composer: Herbert Stothart
Screenwriter: Bradbury Foote
Production Designer: Cedric Gibbons
Art Directors: Harry Oliver, Edwin B. Willis
USA / MGM / 83 minutes / 1938