Clarence Brown's superlative and poignant OF HUMAN HEARTS is set in the rural Ohio Valley before the Civil War. Huston is a stern religious leader who forces his family to endure near-poverty to set an example for his parishioners. All this really does is make a drudge of his wife (Bondi)
and compels his son (Reynolds as a boy, Stewart as a man) to resent him. By the time Stewart reaches early manhood, he yearns to break his father's stranglehold and to go East to study medicine, but he is so impoverished that it is impossible. However, Bondi, defying her husband, sells off some of
her dowry and finances her son's dream. Stewart becomes so engrossed in his own ambi...