The Heart Is a Rebel

Synopsis: Hal and Joan Foster hire Gladys, a nurse caregiver, to look after their son who has a life threatening heart problem. Joan is invited to hear Gladys sing with her church choir at a Billy Graham Crusade inside Madison Square Garden. Conflict arises as Hal is confused about Joan's decision for Christ. Ethel Waters sings His Eye Is On The Sparrow and the spiritual Motherless Child.
Genre: Drama
83 min

the heart is a rebel

and cannot be trusted

it always is seeking

its own will to do

it has no allegiance

so desperate and wicked

the heart is a rebel,

it's true

its love is brief

as springtime

quickly growing old

its hate is like

the winter

desolate and cold

but someday the rebel

will bow and surrender

then God's love will

make his heart new

I sing because

I'm happy

and I sing because

I'm free

for his eye is on

the sparrow

and I know he watches me



Oh, glady, is it time to eat already?

Sure is!

And we got a real,

real good supper tonight!

I'm not hungry, yet!

But sugar,

you got to eat just the same.

You fixed carrots again.

Davy foster,

you know what

doc chambers said.

He said,

"feed that boy carrots!"

And that's what

I'm about to do,

and you're about

to eat them!

They'll make me get sicker!

That is pure foolishness,

and you know it!

All day long I wear myself

down to a frazzle,

fetchin' you this and

bringing you that...

Like you was a prince

or something.

Then when I ask you

to do a measly

little ol' thing

like eatin' your carrots,

you start giving me trouble!


That's better.

Hi, son.

Hi, dad!

How do you feel


Oh, I'm okay...

But these carrots

are awful!

Aw...They can't be that bad,

can they?

Evenin', Mr. hal.

Hello, Gladys,

how'd it go today?

Oh, fine, just fine,

me and Davy

always get along fine.

Better'n anybody.

Oh, Mr. hal,

miss Joan called.

Said she'd be about

a half hour late.

Something about a rush order

at the store.

She also said she'd stop by

the delicatessen on her way home

for you not to worry

about dinner.

Thanks, Gladys.

Guess I better be

hurrying myself,

or I'll be late.

"Glady" sings every night

in a big choir

at Madison square garden,


There was a picture of it

in the papers!

That's right, sugar.

And believe me,

when that many folks

get to singing praise

to our blessed savior,

the roof just about comes off

that old Madison square garden.

Well, good night, baby.

See you in the morning.

'Bye, glady.

'Night, Mr. hal.

'Night, Gladys.

Gladys give you this, son?

Uh-huh, there's some swell

stories in it.

They're all from the Bible.

Oh, I can't eat any more.

I'm too full.

Hey, wait a minute, son.

Sometimes I wonder

who's team you're playing on.

I'm on your team, dad.

Remember when we decided

we'd all work together,

lick this heart thing?

Doc chambers said your job

was to eat everything

that Gladys fixed for you,

get lots of rest.

But if you don't

hold up your end,

the rest of us

might as well quit, too!

I'll try, dad,

honest I will.


See that you do.

Is glady on our team, too, dad?

Why...Sure she is.

That's good.


Hi, everybody!

Guess who?

Sorry I'm late,


Hi, honey.

Hi, mom.

Hi, Davy!

How's my boy tonight?


What's that, mom?

The latest thing.

It's a rocket

to the moon!

I thought you might like to

try putting it together.

Thanks, mom!

Just don't try to do it

all in one day!

Supper'll only take

a few minutes, dear.

No hurry.

Hey, slow up there, pal.

Here, lemme give you a hand.

[Dish breaks]

You buy the noisiest


Tomorrow night...

Paper plates!

That's sort of

an eloquent symbol

of the foster economy,

isn't it?

Bits and pieces...

Insurance bills,

doctor bills, rent, food...

Which reminds me,

we're two weeks behind

with Gladys.

She mention it?

Oh, no,

she won't, either.

It's just that I'd hoped

we could catch up this week.

Davy sure has taken to her.

But it's not right, Joan!

You're his mother.

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