One Foot in Heaven, 1941.
This starred Fredric March and Martha Scott.
Fredric played William Spence, who plans on becoming a doctor, but passes through a church and hears a ‘calling’ to suddenly decides to become a preacher in the Methodist church.
His fiancée Hope Morris (Martha Scott) agrees to support his change of plans, and wants to go with him to Iowa, where he’s first posted.
Arriving in Iowa (from Canada), is a shock at first, especially since their accommodations aren’t quite what they’re used to. But they persevere through the years, having children (three in total), and going through various problems (both in the church and out).
The family has to adjust time and time again. From moving to different parsonages (Iowa, Denver, Iowa again), changes to their personal views (on going to the movies-it’s okay! And fun!), financial struggles, and even some trouble with their own congregation.
Through it all, the family never lets go of their faith. The whole congregation comes into together in the end in a wonderful song, singing up to Preacher Spence, who is playing the organ high above in his renovated church (what he always dreamed of), and crying for all the memories he and his family have made, and the more that is still to come.