6.8/10
70
8 user 1 critic

Journey Into Light (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 25 August 1952 (UK)
A minister embittered by his wife's suicide turns away from God. He ends up among the bums of skid row before he finds meaning again through the love of a missionary's blind daughter.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Stephanie Nordli (screenplay), Irving Shulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

State Fair (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres
Crime Wave (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A car tells its story and the story of its seven owners during the years of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

Director: Helmut Käutner
Stars: Gert Schäfer, Erich Schellow, Winnie Markus
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1875 Argentina, after killing a man, a gaucho is sentenced to harsh army duty but he deserts the army and becomes a bandit leader.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Gene Tierney, Richard Boone
Manhandled (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden
The Star (1952)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

At the fiftieth anniversary of his town's founding, the town's first barber recalls his long-dead, spirited bride and the flaw in his own character that helped bring about her loss and others.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Jean Peters, David Wayne, Hugh Marlowe
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper
Cairo Station (1958)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A newspaper salesman at the train station in Cairo develops an unhealthy obsession with a woman who sells refreshments.

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Farid Shawqi, Hind Rustum, Youssef Chahine
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell
Naked Alibi (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chief of police detectives fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 of his officers.

Director: Jerry Hopper
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Gene Barry
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Helena Carter
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Reverend John Burrows
Viveca Lindfors ... Christine Thorssen
Thomas Mitchell ... Gandy
Ludwig Donath ... 'Doc' Thorssen
H.B. Warner ... Wiz - the Wino
Jane Darwell ... Mack
John Berkes ... Racky
Peggy Webber ... Jane Burrows
Paul Guilfoyle ... Fanatic
Charles Evans ... Bishop Logan
Marion Martin ... Diana (as Marian Martin)
Everett Glass ... Deacon Adams
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Deacon Edwards
Billie Bird ... Gertie
O.Z. Whitehead ... Lippy
Edit

Storyline

A sermon by Rev. John Burrows (Sterling Hayden),is interrupted as his wife, Jane (Peggy Webber),walks down the center aisle of the church. She feels she can not keep up with her husband's ambition and sense of importance, and she commits suicide. In a grave-side rejection of religion, John blames his parishioners rather than himself. He runs of and wanders around the country. After being jailed as a vagrant, he ends up in the Bowery section of New York City. The head of a skid-row mission, "Doc' Thorssen (Ludwig Donath') and his blind daughter, Christine (Viveca Lindfors), take care of him and give him a job as a janitor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a man who turned his back on God!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Skid Row See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
How deep can you fall? It doesn't matter. By grace you can fall forever.
9 February 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

A shabby story from skid row about bums and fallen women and sanctimonious slum missions where Sterling Hayden repeatedly falls down into the gutter and stays there, turns out to be a universally interesting and overwhelmingly good story. There are moments in this film that you will remember forever.

He is not a fallen priest. It's not his fault that his wife after two stillborns turns alcoholic and ruins his life and position to crown it all with a bloody suicide, which turns him naturally enough not only away from God but against God, so that he associates with the bottom layer of society, with Thomas Mitchell in a perfect role for him as an honest con man, as the desperate man has nothing else to do.

The most touching and human scene of all, among the many in this deeply human film, is when the preacher can't lead the service as Viveca Lindfors, his daughter who saves the show, is in coma at the hospital, so Sterling has no choice but to stand up as leading preacher himself for the first time since his wife committed suicide. He does it reluctantly and with great hesitation, he almost stumbles up at the pulpet, but then something happens in the congregation. Dirty old men, beggars, loafers and what not are all touched by the moment of crisis at the critical condition of the girl they all love, so they all, in various ways, fall down to prayer, one bum leading the heart-rending reaction.

But there are many moments like this. Some moods in this film remind you of Chaplin's "City Lights" and other such extremely poetical films, for this is cinematic poetry caught and set in realism. Vittorio de Sica couldn't have done it better. You will never forget this film.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed