Reaching From Heaven (February 1, 1948)
Released on February 1, 1959: (running time 1 hour and 20 minutes) A poor, shabby little man is run over in front of a church, and it changes the lives of everyone involved.
Produced by Roland D. Reed
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Written by Charles Palmer and Henry Rische
The Actors: Hugh Beaumont (Bill Sterling), Cheryl Walker (Madeline Bradley), John Qualen (the stranger), Regis Toomey (the pastor), Charles Evans (Walter Graves), Margaret Hamilton (Sophie Manley), Addison Richards (Max Bradley), Nana Bryant (Kay Bradley), Mae Clarke (Dorothy Gram), Jack Lambert (Buck Huggins), Ann Doran (Martha Kestner), George Chandler (Bert Kestner), Nell Craig (nurse), Thornton Edwards (cop), George Eldredge (Mr. Gram), Lanny Rees (Edgar, newsboy), Gene Roth (Mr. Stone, Kestner's neighbor)
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Dare to Care
Don’t pick up hitch-hikers, they will rob you and kill you. . . . Mind your own business, That is the proper thing to do. . . . Keep your nose out of other people’s business. . . . Beggars are all wealthier than you are, they pretend to be poor and then drive home to their mansion in a luxury car. . . . Beggars are always con-artists trying to cheat you and rob you, and on top of that, they are probably drug addicts.
Have you ever been approached by someone shady-looking, . . . someone that made you feel uncomfortable, . . . someone who brought fear to your mind? It was a cool spring Saturday morning when I was leaving the Eastwood Mall in Niles, Ohio. I had made a small purchase at the shopping center, and I had a package in one hand and some change in the other. I was going to put the coins in the cup holder of my car, as my custom is, so that it was always ready if needed.
I didn’t notice, but two people were about thirty feet away from me and heading towards the shopping center. They must have been watching me as I jingled the change in my hand. The boy was probably in his early twenties, and the girl walking with him was about the same age. She walked a few steps past me, and the boy stopped me and asked me if I had any change that I would give him so that he could buy some gasoline for his car.
Startled, I looked at the boy, and then the girl standing a few feet away. They were very thin, and wearing clothing that hadn’t been laundered recently. Part of my journey to make myself and my world a better place is to be alert for any stranger that I might be able to bump in a positive way with a smile, a good word, or anything else that I had and they needed. Without a word, I quickly stuffed the change into my pocket.
I pulled out my wallet and removed a couple of bills that would have purchased a fine meal at a good restaurant, and silently handed the money to the young boy. I was starting to walk away, when the boy stopped me. I looked at him, and then at the girl standing a few feet away, and saw that they were both crying. The boy asked if he could hug me. I reached out and we hugged for a moment. The girl asked me if I realized that they could do much more than put some gas in their car with this money.
I didn’t expect this at all, and my shy personality caused me to smile awkwardly, mumble a quiet “don’t mention it,” and quickly walk away. I think about them often. I’ve watched for these two people every time I go to the mall, but have never seen them again.
This story, produced by the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, begins as a Sunday morning church service is ending. As the good church people are leaving, a man is run over by a speeding convertible in front of the church. A wealthy young lady on her way to the country club for a morning of golf has run over a stranger in town. He is lying unconscious on the street, possibly dying. What happens next is exactly what you would do if you found yourself in this situation. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Addison Richards and Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker and Hugh Beaumont and Thornton Edwards
Cheryl Walker and Hugh Beaumont
Cheryl Walker and Hugh Beaumont
Cheryl Walker and Margaret Hamilton
George Chandler and Ann Doran
George Chandler and Gene Roth
Hugh Beaumont, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Evans
Jack Lambert and Hugh Beaumont
John QUalen, Regis Toomey, Nell Craig
John Qualen and Regis Toomey
Margaret Hamilton and Regis Toomey