This film starts with fire and brimstone from Barbara Stanwyck and then proceeds to a succession of situations that puts the most recent generation of filmmakers to shame for thinking they invented 'quirky'. That quirkiness tames down well before the end, but as those more recent filmmakers could heed better, there's a story to be told.

Now, it's not entirely unconventional, but I think the writers benefitted from an era where convention wasn't yet established. The tale is of religion crossed up with chalatans who'll try to sell anything.

The cinematography and production values are surprisingly good for the era. The sentiments of the movie are made pretty clear up front, but the story, while consistent with them, is made with a genuine passion for the ideas presented. This one won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there's a story here with insight and humor that works.

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