Stars in My Crown

Synopsis: Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister. In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction with a few of his parishioners. A young doctor grates at what he feels is the parson's interference in the scientific treatment of patients, and a mine owner resents Grey's protection of an old sharecropper whose small plot of land stands in the way of his continued mining. Grey must face a public health crisis and a lynch mob as a result, all seen and described through the eyes and memory of Grey's young nephew John.
Genre: Drama, Family, Western
Director(s): Jacques Tourneur
Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
89 min

And if ever a house of god or man

was put together with loving hands,

This one was.

Yes, the Parson's church is one of

the nicest parts of the Parson's story.

And now I was in the story, too.

Had been ever since I could remember.

My parents had died when I was small,

So I'd come to live

in the Parson's house,

Sharing the Parson's heart

with the Parson's wife,

Who was my aunt Harriet.

What's this? Dinner not ready yet?

Garfield, we better get a new cook.

Enjoy the service this morning, Harriet?


Well, now I'm glad to hear that.

Everyone else was saying what

a good service it was, too.

John Kenyon, you know,

You don't have to do

everything the Parson does.


You know, to tell you the truth,

I thought it was a pretty

good service myself.

Don't you laugh at me, Mr. Gray.

Why, Harriet, honey,

What gives you the idea

I'm laughing at you?

Here I am standing around

with a big smile on my face

Just 'cause I feel good, and you...

yes, well, all I have to say is,

You ought to feel ashamed of yourself.

I was brought up to believe

That a man who broke his

solemn promise to a lady

Was a pretty poor sort of a man.

Oh, Harriet, I guess you found me out.

I am a pretty poor sort of man.

I was intending to mention it sooner.

Something always came up.

This morning was just the last straw.

You know you promised me

time and time and again

That as long as I played

the organ for the services,

I could choose the hymns.

So I have.

Yes, and promise is all you do.

Never mind what I want to sing;

What anybody else in

Walesburg wants to sing.

Oh, no, week in, week out,

It's that old stars in my crown.

I like stars in my crown.

Oh, I know you do, Mr. Gray.

I assure you, it's common knowledge.

Never hear the last of it in this world.

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