Journey into Light

Journey into Light is a 1951 American crime film noir directed by Stuart Heisler and starring Sterling Hayden.[1]

Journey into Light
Directed byStuart Heisler
Produced byJoseph Bernhard
Anson Bond
Written bystory:
Anson Bond
Stephanie Nordli
Irving Shulman
StarringSterling Hayden
Viveca Lindfors
Thomas Mitchell
Music byPaul Dunlap
Emil Newman
CinematographyElwood Bredell
Edited byTerry Morse
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 28, 1951 (1951-09-28)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States


John Burrows, an ordained minister from a small village in the East, envisions himself with a larger congregation. He is mortified when his wife drunkenly interrupts a sermon, then despondent after her suicide.

Burrows travels to Los Angeles for a fresh start, but ends up on skid row and arrested for apparent public intoxication. A skid-row con man, Gandy, finds him a bed at a flop house, while a street preacher, Doc Thorssen, and daughter Christine take him to a local mission.

Christine is blind. She falls in love with Burrows, enjoying his discussions of the spirit and the soul but knowing little of his past. One day she is struck by a streetcar and knocked unconscious, causing Burrows to once again question his faith.

He ultimately accepts the Lord's will and is offered a better place to live and preach. Burrows decides he is better suited to the mission, with Christine by his side.


See also


  1. "Journey Into Light". NY Times. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
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