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The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

Approved | | Drama | 6 November 1952 (West Germany)
In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of ... See full summary »

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Hugo da Silva
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Maria Rosa Abóbora dos Santos
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Council Administrator Arturo dos Santos
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António Abóbora dos Santos
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Father Ferreira
Norman Rice ...
Manuel Marto
Frances Morris ...
Olímpia Marto (as Francis Morris)
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District Magistrate (as Carl Millitaire)
Susan Whitney ...
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Sammy Ogg ...
Francisco Marto
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In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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A true story of our time - of wonder and power and inspired greatness, of a young girl whose deep faith and abiding courage lifted the hearts of millions! See more »

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6 November 1952 (West Germany)  »

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Die Heilige von Fatima  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 30, 1953 with Susan Whitney reprising her film role. J. Carrol Naish, the uncredited narrator of the film, also appeared on the radio broadcast. He disguised his rich voice and spoke with a heavy accent in order to play Hugo, the role that Gilbert Roland plays in the film. See more »

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Just before the first vision occurs, Sherry Jackson picks up a little lamb, and holds it all the way through the vision. Frontal shots (from the lady's POV, showing the kids looking up) show her holding an actual lamb. Shots from the rear (showing the three children before the bush with the lady on it) show Sherry holding an obvious wooden or plastic model. See more »

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Hugo da Silva: [after witnessing the miracle] Only the fool saith "There is no God".
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Version of La señora de Fátima (1951) See more »

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'You Promise To Give Us A Miracle!'

Since 1917, the mountain village of Fátima, central Portugal, located on the tableland of Cova Da Iria, southeast of Leiria, has been one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world, visited by thousands of pilgrims annually.

"The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" opened with a 'persecution' against the Clerical Orders opposed to the government throwing the priests into prison like common criminals..

On May 23, 1917 and each subsequent month until October, three young peasant children, Lucia dos Santos (Susan Whitney) and her cousins Francisco Marto (Sammy Ogg) and Jacinta Marto (Sherry Jackson) reportedly saw a 'LADY' on a little tree - while playing in the woods - who identified herself as the 'LADY OF THE ROSARY'.

The children's extraordinary event was treated with an attitude of doubt and whole 'skepticism'..but with 'courage' they fought the 'threat' that gripped them from strong opposition from the local authority, the Magistrate (Carl Milletaire) and with 'faith' as with the help of their loyal friend Hugo da Silva (Gilbert Roland) they convinced their 'frightened'

parents (Angela Clarke, Jay Novello, Norman Rice & Frances Morris) giving them with 'truth' a new meaning to life in Fátima.

On October 13, 1917, the Portuguese people understood the radiance of their inspiring story when a crowd (generally estimated at about l00,000) gathered at Fátima and witnessed a 'MIRACULOUS SOLAR PHENOMENON', immediately after the 'LADY' had appeared to the 3 children healing 'lame' and 'blind' people as well.

Photographed in Technicolor and with a sincere screenplay, this beautiful religious film - that I recommend highly - was remarkably intense and profound in thoughts and feelings.

John Brahm's direction had its fine moments and Max Steiner's music - Nominated for Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture - flourished the screen with sounds of tenderness and sympathy.

The performance of Gilbert Roland and the 3 peasant children were entirely moving and convincing..throbbing the beat of our heart with deep 'faith', complete 'belief' and loyal 'truth'.

To the readers who are interested in 'Our Lady of Fatima', I can add that after initial opposition, the bishop of Leiria on October 13, 1930 accepted the children's visions as the appearance of the VIRGIN MARY and in the same year, papal indulgences were granted to pilgrims.


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