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I looked for an existing topic but came up empty. Is there an ahem coming? I just watched this as part of my "catch up on cinema" initiative, and I have to say that it was great. I'll certainly never be able to hear or sing Leaning on the Everlasting Arms again without thinking of the dependably creepy Harry Powell. The scene where he rode across the horizon in silloutte while singing was quite simply superb. On a technical level I was very impressed with how well this film created suspense, though at some times the suspense it built up didn't match up to the story. On a spiritual level I'm not quite sure I've got a handle on the film completely. I suppose a great way to drive home the point that children can endure a great deal is to portray about the craziest and most scarring ordeal a child can go through. I'm not sure I agree with the "oh they'll be ok, they're children" idea the film seemed to put forth. Honestly it's more interesting to me as an early version of Frailty than as a treatise on childlike faith. But I'm almost certain I missed something.