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One Foot in Heaven

One Foot in Heaven(1941)

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The film begins with the following written acknowledgment: "For their valuable aid during the production of this motion picture, we acknowledge a great debt of gratitude to the members of the Advisory Committee of Clergymen organized by [the] Christian Herald: Bishop James Edward Freeman, Washington, D.C., Chairman; Dr. Daniel A. Poling, Philadelphia, Pa., Secretary; Bishop Charles Wesley Flint, Syracuse, N. Y.; Dr. Edgar DeWitt Jones, Detroit, Mich.; Dr. Charles E. Kerr, Tulsa, Okla."
       Harzell Spence's best-selling book was based on the life of his father, a small-town Methodist minister in Iowa and Colorado from 1904 through the 1920s. A January 20, 1941 article in Hollywood Citizen-News noted that Raymond Massey was Hartzell Spence's choice to play his father.
       News items in Hollywood Reporter add the following information: Raymond Massey and Alexander Knox were tested for the lead. Olivia de Havilland was slated to co-star with Fredric March, but was replaced by Martha Scott when the former was reassigned to They Died with Their Boots On. Barton MacLane was considered for a role. The California scenes were filmed at the Wilshire Methodist Church at Wilshire and Lucerne in Los Angeles. Twelve girls were added to The Robert Mitchell Choir for the performance of "The Children's Prayer."
       The William S. Hart picture that the Spences watch was the 1917 film The Silent Man (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.4016). At the Hollywood premiere of One Foot in Heaven, Hart was the guest of honor. The film won one of seven medals awarded by Parents Magazine in 1941 and was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Carl E. Milliken, director of the MPPA, was so impressed with the content of the film that he wrote a letter to the trade, encouraging exhibitors to promote the film in their communities. Fredric March and Martha Scott reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on April 20, 1942. The film was subsequently adapted for the Lux Summer Theatre on July 27, 1953, starring Dana Andrews and Jeanne Bates, and the Lux Video Theatre on February 3, 1955, starring Hugh Marlowe and Ellen Drew.