Journey into Light
Dir. Stuart Heisler. 1951, 87 mins. Restored 35mm print. With Sterling Hayden, Viveca Lindfors, Thomas Mitchell. John Barrows, a New England clergyman, loses his faith when his alcoholic wife commits suicide. Despondent, he moves to Los Angeles, where he begins drinking heavily—ending up on skid row and eventually in the drunk tank. However, a mission preacher and his blind daughter decide to save him. The remarkable and rarely seen Journey into Light is one of Hollywood’s rare forays into religious filmmaking. Portions of the film were shot on location “on skid row” in downtown Los Angeles and the Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. The famous street crime photographer, Weegee, was hired as a technical consultant for the skid row scenes. (Adapted from note by Jan-Christopher Horak, UCLA Film & Television Archive.)
Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.