One Foot in Heaven (1941)


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Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


as William Spence

as Hope Morris Spence

as Mrs. Lydia Sandow

as Preston Thurston

as Clayton Potter

as Dr. John Romer

as Elias Samson

as Eileen Spence (age 1...

as Hartzell Spence (age...

as Mrs. Thurston

as Dr. Horrigan

as John E. Morris

as Mrs. Morris

as Louella Digby

as Richard Hardy Case

as George Reynolds

as Mrs. Watkins

as Haskins

as Miss Peabody

as Mrs. Jellison

as Fraser Spence (age 1...

as Eileen Spence (age 1...

as Hartzell Spence (age...

as Alf McAfee

as Druggist MacFarlan

as Zeke Harris

as Drummer

as Conductor

as Mrs. Simpson

as Alf McAfee

as Mrs. Erlich

as Mrs. Spicer

as Storekeeper

as Mrs. Dibble

as Casper Cullenbaugh

as Ella Hodges

as Groom

as Lydia's Maid
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Critic Reviews for One Foot in Heaven

All Critics (7) | 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

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

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
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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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