I'd Climb the Highest Mountain

I'd Climb the Highest Mountain

Director: Henry King, Susan Hayward, William Lundigan, Rory Calhoun

Cast: Henry King, Susan Hayward, William Lundigan, Rory Calhoun

     
 

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In this inspiring drama, William Thompson (William Lundigan) is a minister from the deep South who has recently married Mary Elizabeth (Susan Hayward), a woman from the city. William is assigned a new parish and moves with Mary Elizabeth to a small town in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where he tends to the spiritual and emotional needs of his small flock. William's

Overview

In this inspiring drama, William Thompson (William Lundigan) is a minister from the deep South who has recently married Mary Elizabeth (Susan Hayward), a woman from the city. William is assigned a new parish and moves with Mary Elizabeth to a small town in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where he tends to the spiritual and emotional needs of his small flock. William's faith and inner strength helps guide the town through a major epidemic, while he must also deal with the troubles of Jenny (Barbara Bates), a woman who loves roughneck Jack (Rory Calhoun) against the will of her father; and Mr. Salter (Alexander Knox), a bitter atheist who resists William's attempts to teach him and his children the message of God's love. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain was adapted from the popular novel by Cora Harris.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
I'd Climb the Highest Mountain is a heartfelt look at a rural preacher's life in the late 19th century, and its sincerity is one of its biggest assets. Mountain is a simple, essentially gentle film; it's filled with incident, some of it dramatic, but it's not a film that trades in high drama. This will be an obstacle for many viewers, as will its emphasis on religious matters; by the same token, this will be a drawing card for many. Objectively, however, it must be admitted that Mountain's screenplay meanders a bit and that one wishes for a bit more depth and exploration than is present here. However, director Henry King clearly feels a connection with the material, and that feeling comes through loud and clear. His work is very good. Also worthy of praise is William Lundigan, who brings a quiet dignity and conviction to his portrayal of the preacher. Less convincing is Susan Hayward; her work is fine, but not special, largely because the part does not really play to her special talents and strengths. The location lensing is a definite bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
UPC:
0024543901495
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
9,239

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Mary Elizabeth Eden Thompson
William Lundigan William Asbury Thompson
Rory Calhoun Jack Stark
Barbara Bates Jenny Brock
Gene Lockhart Mr. Brock
Lynn Bari Mrs. Billywith
Ruth Donnelly Glory White
Alexander Knox Salter
Jean Innes Mrs. Salter
Frank Tweddell Dr. Fleming
Jerry Vandiver George Salter
Richard Wilson Bill Salter
Dorothea Carolyn Sims Martha Salter
Bobby C. Canup Two-Headed Boy

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lamar Trotti Producer,Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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