One Foot in Heaven (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

One Foot in Heaven (1941)




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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 is gradually humanized by a series of random events.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


Fredric March
as William Spence
Martha Scott
as Hope Morris Spence
Beulah Bondi
as Mrs. Lydia Sandow
Gene Lockhart
as Preston Thurston
Grant Mitchell
as Clayton Potter
Moroni Olsen
as Dr. John Romer
Harry Davenport
as Elias Samson
Elisabeth Fraser
as Eileen Spence (age 1...
Frankie Thomas
as Hartzell Spence (age...
Laura Hope Crewes
as Mrs. Thurston
Jerome Cowan
as Dr. Horrigan
Ernest Cossart
as John E. Morris
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Morris
Mary Field
as Louella Digby
Hobart Bosworth
as Richard Hardy Case
Roscoe Ates
as George Reynolds
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Watkins
Paula Trueman
as Miss Peabody
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Jellison
Casey Johnson
as Fraser Spence (age 1...
Carlotta Jelm
as Eileen Spence (age 1...
Peter Caldwell
as Hartzell Spence (age...
Milton Kibbee
as Alf McAfee
Harlan Briggs
as Druggist MacFarlan
Olin Howland
as Zeke Harris
Frank Mayo
as Drummer
Fred Kelsey
as Conductor
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Simpson
Milt Kibbee
as Alf McAfee
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Erlich
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Spicer
Herbert Heywood
as Storekeeper
Tempe Piggott
as Mrs. Dibble
Dick Elliott
as Casper Cullenbaugh
Charlotte Treadway
as Ella Hodges
Gig Young
as Groom
Ruth Robinson
as Lydia's Maid
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Critic Reviews for One Foot in Heaven

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

A warm and human preachment for godliness.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a warm, sincere and unpretentious picture.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
The Spectator

Touching crowd-pleasing family drama.

Full Review… | April 8, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for One Foot in Heaven

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 attend to the faithful. He gets into many battles and seems un-Minister like when he talks about wanting to give people a good thrashing. Nonetheless, this is a passable drama.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Delightful slice of Americana, with warm and wonderful performaces by Fredric march and martha Scott. The supporting cast is superb, especially Beulah Bondi, Gene Lockhart, Harry Davenport and Laura Hope Crews.The plot is about a minister and his wife, the problems the encounter along the way. The best scene is where March and his son attend their first movie.

James Higgins

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