Cinema: The New Pictures: Feb. 21, 1938

Of Human Hearts (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is dedicated to the proposition that a boy's best friend is his mother, proves its point by the legend that Abraham Lincoln once summoned a young officer from a Civil War battlefield to tell him so. But before it begins gesturing at its stagy moral, Of Human Hearts does a patient, workmanlike job of reconstructing life in an early 19th-Century Ohio River outpost. Of Human Hearts follows the lives of a stalwart, righteous circuit rider (Walter Huston), his wife (Beulah Bondi) and his son Jason (as a boy, eleven-year-old...

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