I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Americana, Religious Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 17, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

I'd Climb the Highest Mountain is a heartfelt look at a rural preacher's life in the late 19th century, and its sincerity is one of its biggest assets. Mountain is a simple, essentially gentle film; it's filled with incident, some of it dramatic, but it's not a film that trades in high drama. This will be an obstacle for many viewers, as will its emphasis on religious matters; by the same token, this will be a drawing card for many. Objectively, however, it must be admitted that Mountain's screenplay meanders a bit and that one wishes for a bit more depth and exploration than is present here. However, director Henry King clearly feels a connection with the material, and that feeling comes through loud and clear. His work is very good. Also worthy of praise is William Lundigan, who brings a quiet dignity and conviction to his portrayal of the preacher. Less convincing is Susan Hayward; her work is fine, but not special, largely because the part does not really play to her special talents and strengths. The location lensing is a definite bonus.