Gleason plays a Miami small businessman, a mover, a self-educated athiest who battles for the mind and spirit of his son, Tom, with a wife whose devotion to the godhead seems to encompass several major orthodoxies and some splinter sects as well. Set mostly as a flashback of Tom’s, the film includes various family crises, his father’s mature dalliance, his own marriage, his studies and his eventual appointment as chairman of the philosophy department at what has to be the worst college in America. —NYtimes.com
Michael Gordon (born Michael Irving Kunin Gordon; September 6, 1909 – April 29, 1993) was an American stage actor and stage and film director.
Life and career
Gordon was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was raised in a middle class Jewish community. He was a member of the Group Theatre (1935–1940), and was blacklisted as a Communist in the days of McCarthyism. He later joined the faculty of the UCLA Theatre Arts Department. Gordon summered at Pine Brook Country Club in Nichols, Connecticut. Pinebrook is best known for becoming the summer home of the Group Theatre. Some of the other artists who summered there were: Elia Kazan, Harry Morgan, John Garfield, Lee J. Cobb, Will Geer, Clifford Odets, Howard Da Silva and Irwin Shaw.
Because of his being blacklisted, Gordon’s Hollywood career falls into two phases. In 1940, he started as a dialogue director and went on to direct B-movies. In the late 1940s, he distinguished himself by directing not just some action movies… read more