Same Hymn, in a Movie (‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’)

Just by way of contrast, the very first time I ever heard Leaning on the Everlasting Arms was in a movie, Night of the Hunter, sung by Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish. Mitchum plays a fake preacher who kills people; Gish protects orphaned children from him. It’s the only movie ever directed by Charles Laughton.

I can’t explain what the hymn is doing in the movie, but it feels right. Something must have made it right to be there, or I wouldn’t have remembered it for so many years.

Encore, ‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’

Not a bad way to start your day–this high-spirited rendition, by The Church of God, of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

I first heard this hymn in Night of the Hunter, sung by Lillian Gish, and I never forgot it.