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The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

Over a period of a week the voice of God is heard on radios all over the world.

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William A. Wellman
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
James Whitmore ... Joe Smith, American
Nancy Reagan ... Mrs. Mary Smith (as Nancy Davis)
Gary Gray ... Johnny Smith
Lillian Bronson ... Aunt Ethel
Art Smith ... Fred Brannan
Tom D'Andrea ... Harry 'Hap' Magee
Jeff Corey ... Freddie Dibson
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Storyline

"Joe Smith, American" lives in a Los Angeles suburb and works at an aircraft plant. One night Joe hears a voice cut in on a radio program: "This is God. I'll be with you for the next few days." It turns out, everyone in the world listening to any radio heard the same thing. More messages come; some people react positively, others negatively. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the men who made "Battleground" such a memorable motion picture...Director William A. Wellman and Producer Dore Schary...comes another unusual screen adventure. See more »

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The production history of this film was documented in producer Dore Schary's book "Case History of a Movie", published by Random House in 1950. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Johnny leave in the morning for work and school, the sun is shining on their house from the left, judging by the shadows. When Joe returns home from work, the sun and the shadows are the same. Note the shadow of Joe's house on the one next door to the right in both scenes. See more »

Quotes

Joe Smith, American: You remember what the voice said last night? That we should all do our homework for tomorrow? Well, let's take a look at the things that God told us to look at. Let's just see how great his miracles really are. There's the moon. The stars. It's the air we breathe. The earth we walk on. It's the trees. It's the hills. And it's things like loving each other. The way I love you and the way Mom loves us. It's all those wonderful things, Johnny. The way I love you and you love me, we got nothing to ...
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Referenced in Night Court: The Next Voice You Hear... (1986) See more »

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1950 Family Values Movie
7 November 2013 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

When I turned the channel to this movie on TCM, I had no idea what to expect but as so often happens with this station, I was not disappointed with this captivating period movie from 1950 that seemed to be the cinematic equivalent of a Norman Rockwell illustration. The plot was unusual by today's standards but in 1950, we can imagine this movie would have had great appeal to a mass audience, who took religion seriously. The acting was excellent and the on location background locales were evocative of the time -- the golf green lawns of the suburbs, the husband and father cranking up the engine of the family car before going off to his factory job, the couple and school age child eating their roast beef dinner. This family is what we used to call salt of the earth people who work hard, enjoy their home life and have time to joke and laugh. Of course this ideal image doesn't change even as the circumstances evolve. It is such a family that the voice of God coming over the radio would have had great appeal in 1950 as they look for inspiration to deal with the problems of work, a pregnancy,raising their child or just the daily frustrations of life. I was very impressed with James Whitmore as the father and the delightful young actor who played the son. Nancy Davis as the pregnant wife and mother played a patient and good humoured anchor for the family. I would really look forward to viewing this movie again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz que Vão Ouvir See more »

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Budget:

$421,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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