Of Human Hearts

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Of Human Hearts
Of Human Hearts 1938 poster.jpg
1938 theatrical poster
Directed by Clarence Brown
Produced by Clarence Brown (uncredited)
John W. Considine, Jr.
Written by Conrad Richter (uncredited)
Screenplay by Bradbury Foote
Story by Honoré Morrow
Starring Walter Huston
James Stewart
Beulah Bondi
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Clyde De Vinna
Edited by Frank E. Hull
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • February 11, 1938 (1938-02-11)
Running time
100-103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Of Human Hearts is a 1938 American drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Walter Huston, James Stewart and Beulah Bondi. Bondi was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


In the days leading up to the American Civil War, a young man clashes with his poor preacher father and neglects his supportive mother.


Production notes[edit]

  • Production Dates: 18 Oct-20 Dec 1937
  • The working title of the film and the title of the novel on which it was based, Benefits Forgot was taken from a quotation in William Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7: "Freeze, Freeze, thou bitter sky, Thou dost not bite so nigh as Benefits Forgot."
  • The final title of the picture Of Human Hearts was selected by M-G-M after a nationwide contest was advertised on the studio's radio program, "Good News of 1938," to determine who could select the best title. The prize, $5,000, was awarded to Greenville, SC high school student Ray Harris; in addition to the prize money, Harris was also a specially invited guest at the film's world premiere, which was held in his hometown.
  • Portions of the film were shot on location in Agoura Ranch, Agoura, CA and Lake Arrowhead, CA. According to information in news items and the presskit, over seven hundred people worked at the Arrowhead location for more than two weeks on a specially built village, the largest special location site built by M-G-M since The Good Earth.
  • A Life magazine article noted that the film's battle scene, which was not based on a specific battle, cost $50,000, and required 2,000 men to film. Life also noted that the picture was one of a "new cycle of interest in the Civil War aroused by the novel Gone With the Wind."
  • Robert McWade, who portrayed Dr. Lupus Crumm in the picture, died after completing his role. According to news items in Hollywood Citizen-News and Motion Picture Daily, director Clarence Brown had told McWade, "Well, Bob, you played your last scene. You might as well go home," just before McWade died of heart failure.

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