The Heart is a Rebel (1958)

DVD Release: June 11, 2013
The Heart is a Rebel (1958)


Trouble ripples through a marriage when a man has difficulty accepting his wife’s newfound Christianity

Dove Review

This movie has heart. It is about a young boy named Davey who loves his nurse, Gladys, a Christian lady that sings hymns and gives Davey a book of Bible stories. Davey is undergoing health issues, battling heart problems but has the love and support of his mother Joan and father Hal.

Joan begins to turn to God and attends a Billy Graham crusade. Unfortunately, Hal doesn’t like the religious “mumbo jumbo” as he calls it and is angry with his wife. The tension between the two increases but when young Davey has a close call and requires surgery, Hal suddenly realizes God is his only hope.

Due to some strong scenes of heart surgery including a surgeon massaging the heart and giving it a shot (which might make a few viewers uneasy) we are awarding this movie our “Family-Appproved” Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie is inspirational and does have “heart” in its story telling and message.

Content Description

Sex: Husband and wife kiss.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: A few drinking scenes at a bar and cocktails at a home; smoking.
Nudity: None
Other: A man refers to religious "mumbo jumbo" but later changes; a man is upset that a doctor suggested prayer to his wife; tension between a husband and wife; a beating heart is seen during surgery and a doctor massaging the heart in addition to giving it a shot; an argument between two friends.


Company: Wesscott Marketing Inc
Director: Dick Ross
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 82 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Ethel Waters, Georgia Lee, John Milford, Scotty Morrow, Billy Graham as himself
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter