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The Great Heart (1938)

Approved | | Short, Biography | 31 December 1938 (USA)
Carey Wilson tells the true story of the heroic sacrifice of Father Damien who suffered a living death in order to bring hope and God's comfort to the lepers confined on Molokai Island.

Director:

David Miller

Writer:

Morgan Cox (screenplay) (as Morgan B. Cox)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Carey Wilson ... Narrator
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This short tells the story of Joseph Damien de Beuster (1840-89), the Belgian priest known as Father Damien, who worked for many years among the lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Biography

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1938 (USA) See more »

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Father Damien See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Good, but not great, short about Father Damian
30 October 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short, nominated for an Academy Award, is a look at the true story of a Belgian priest who went to tend to lepers in Hawaii and contracted the disease himself. At least one film has been made about Father Damien and it's a fascinating story. Thi short is good, if a bit melodramatic at times and the narration is sometimes a bit droning. Turner Classic Movies runs this between movies regularly and almost invariably runs it in March as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" feature. Worth watching.


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