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After hearing an evangelist preach, William Spence (Fredric March) abandons his dream of becoming a doctor in favor of studying for the clergy. Once ordained, he and his new wife, Hope (Martha Scott), begin a series of moves from one small-town church to another, each with a new set of challenges, not the least of which is the general orneriness of their parishioners. Along the way, they have three children, and William gradually becomes more flexible about church doctrine.

Cast & Crew

Fredric March
William Spence
Martha Scott
Hope Morris Spence
Beulah Bondi
Mrs. Lydia Sandow
Gene Lockhart
Preston Thurston
Grant Mitchell
Clayton Potter
Moroni Olsen
Dr. John Romer
Harry Davenport
Elias Samson
Elizabeth Fraser
Eileen Spence, age 17 years
Frankie Thomas
Hartzell Spence, age 18 years
Laura Hope Crews
Mrs. Preston Thurston
Jerome Cowan
Dr. Horrigan
Ernest Cossart
Mr. John E. Morris
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Critic Reviews for One Foot in Heaven

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8)

  • 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.

    February 3, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A warm and human preachment for godliness.

    February 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • This is a warm, sincere and unpretentious picture.

    September 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Touching crowd-pleasing family drama.

    April 8, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 3, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One Foot in Heaven

  • Dec 23, 2013
    An outdated if charming piece on the life of a Canadian doctor in training who decides to become a Minister and drags his family across the western U.S. to attend to the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.
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