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A Man Called Peter (1955)

 -  Biography | Drama | Family  -  April 1955 (USA)
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The rise of Peter Marshall, from modest Scottish upbringing, to New York seminary, time in Atlanta churches, his marriage, appointment as chaplain of the US Senate, and early death at 46. Based on real events.

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Complete credited cast:
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The Rev. Peter Marshall
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Catherine Wood Marshall
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Miss Laura Fowler
Jill Esmond ...
Mrs. Findlay
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Sen. Willis K. Harvey
Robert Burton ...
Mr. Peyton
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Peyton
Richard Garrick ...
Col. Evanston Whiting
Gloria Gordon ...
Barbara
Billy Chapin ...
Peter John Marshall
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Alexander Campbell ...
Church Elder (scenes deleted)
Jonathan Hole ...
Church Elder (scenes deleted)
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Based on the true story of a young Scottish lad, Peter Marshall, who dreams of only going to sea but finds out there is a different future for him when he receives a "calling" from God to be a minister. He leaves Scotland and goes to America where after a few small congregations he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. and eventually he becomes Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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April 1955 (USA)  »

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Peter Marshall's son, Peter John Marshall, was actually born on January 21, 1940, not December 7, 1941, as depicted in the film. See http://petermarshallministries.com See more »

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The Rev. Peter Marshall: Catherine, I'm afraid you'll have to ask the blessing. The Lord knows I'm not grateful for turkey hash and I can't fool him.
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Wow, Here's A Rare Film
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This may be one of the most unique films ever made in Hollywood because it actually looks and sounds like a film made by Christians for Christians. Usually it's the opposite. Even back in the "Code" decades, this type of film was rare, where it shows a minister in a good light throughout the story.

This is the story of Peter (played by Richard Todd) and Catherine (Jean Peters) Marshall. Marshall was a Scottish preacher who became famous both there and in the United States, rising to Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Todd does an admirable acting job and Peters is convincing as his wholesome wife.

As biased as I am for this kind of film, I am honest enough to point out any drawbacks to it, if I feel it is warranted. In this case, I thought that it was simply too slow here and there. Like a lot of movies, it would have been more effective having 15-20 minutes edited from it.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for one of those rare films that portrays Christians in a positive light, please check this one out.


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