26 June 2020 | clanciai
The responsibility of a natural gift
Tom Stone is a fisherman who suffers from a permanent damage from the war, which gives him a limp, and which is the reason why he loses his job as a fisherman. However, he meets with Felix Aylmer, an osteopath in London, who sets his foot right, whereupon he decides to become an osteopath himself, but the road to that profession is long and arduous and costs a lot of work and money. However, he relies on his natural gift for healing, especially after having cured the crippled daughter of his landlord (Carol Raye) and is successful, until he meets Nova Pilbeam who wants to set him off in society. We all know what that sort of thing usually leads to.
There are a few terrible crises in Tom's life which makes him seriously doubt his ability and even makes him refuse to use his hands any more. Felix Aylmer comes to revitalize him together with his wife, and gradually they succeed, after another difficult crisis.
The film is extremely interesting from the point of vew of personal responsibility in a delicate profession, in which it is inevitable to commit mistakes and suffer adversities and have all your existence put to the test of radical doubt, and the difficult issue is how to deal with such trials. One could say that the moral sense of this extremely vital story is that you must never be afraid of committing mistakes, you will never be able to avoid them all, something contrary to your intentions must occasionally happen, and you have to face it and go on and make the best of it, and, whatever you, do, never give up. A wonderful film with splendid actors and great music in a very unpretentious form but the more vital for its lesson.