The Little Minister

Synopsis: In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror Babbie draws him into her escape from the soldiers after she incites a Luddite riot. But unknown to Gavin, Babbie is more than she seems. And they must overcome her secret, the villagers' fears of her, and worst of all, Gavin's devotion to his mother's sensibilities, before they can openly declare their love.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Richard Wallace
Production: RKO Pictures
110 min

Is the new minister

a married man?

I hear not.

What a scramble.

There will be

No womanly spinsters

at thrums.

He's little more than

a laddie.

I'm thinking

he's too small.

Where's the reverence?

Aye... we should've chose the lone

candidate from aberdeen after all.

No, we've got

the pick of the lot.

I tell you, he prays

like one giving orders.

Ah, well,

we'll see.

Thank you.

Does my hat

make me look taller?

Aye, yes. You're almost lanky, dear.

Welcome, mr. Dishart.

Welcome to

the auld licht manse.

Thank you, mr. Carfrae.

This is my mother.

How do you do,

mrs. Dishart?

How do you do?

Come in.

Thank you.

Move them away, you puddin'

- Headed policeman.

Will you

take a chair?

I hope you will be as

happy here as I have been.

It's like a dream.

The first time

i entered this room,

I decided to cut down

that cherry tree

Because it kept out

the light.

But, you see,

it outlives me.

I grew old while

looking for the axe.

Yes, jean?

There's several folk

at the back door,

And their respects

to you,

And would you give them

some water out of the well?

Some of the pumps is locked

On account of the dry weather.

Oh. Tell them

to help themselves.

There's scarcely

enough for ourselves.

And I should tell you

that 3 of them

Is no members of

the auld licht congregation,

And one of them even belongs

to the u. P. Church.

Let that make

no difference.

A pailful apiece

for auld licht.

All other denominations, one cup.

Good day, mr. Dishart.


Gavin, just think.

It's all come true.

Your own church.

Oh, for years i've lived for this day.

And the sacrifices

you've made.

Mother, now you

shall have an egg

To your breakfast

every morning.

You're mistress of the auld licht manse.

The auld licht manse. Gavin,

how many rooms are there?


Oh, it'll seem large

to you at first, mother,

But you'll get used

to it.

And you shall have

a silk dress,

With beads on it.

Gavin, stop.

Not another word

to be uttered

Till we say a prayer,

of thanks on that.


Do you think I could

have a new bonnet

With blue trimmings

on it?

My old one wouldn't

go very well

With a silk dress.

You shall have one

with blue feathers

On it if you

want it.

I entreat you,

Cherish the goodness

that is in your hearts

And listen ever to

the voice of conscience,

For conscience is

the safeguard of humanity.

Our text this morning

keeps before us the fact

That all sinners have

the scriptural promise

Of rebirth and regeneration,

And they need never despair,

Need never be without the hope

Of redemption from that sin

in which we were all born.

We're all born in sin.

But, ah!

Come home, father.

Go away, micah.

Our sins

are never too great

For god's mercy.

But if a man have many sins,

or only one sin,

Say it is the sin

of drunkenness,

And remains unrepentant,

That sin will utterly

consume him,

Does any man here desire

to be consumed by drunkenness?

If you're referring

to me, minister,

I'd rather consume the drink.

Come forward.

Come forward, rob dow.

You hulking man of sin.

Sit here on the stair

and attend to me,

OrI'll step down

from the pulpit

And run you out of

the house of god.

Sit down!

And now, my friends,

again I remind you,

There is no need

to despair.

Up and forswore.

Throw off this vile habit

that is dragging you down.

It is not too late.

There is yet time to stand

foursquare with the world

And look your fellow man

in the eye and cry,

"I, too, am a man. "

Any man who can bring

rob dow to his knees

Is a minister

to be reckoned with.

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