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A Man Called Peter (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Family | April 1955 (USA)
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:
The Rev. Peter Marshall
Catherine Wood Marshall
Miss Laura Fowler
Mrs. Findlay
Sen. Willis K. Harvey
Mr. Peyton
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Mrs. Peyton
Richard Garrick ...
Col. Evanston Whiting
Peter John Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Church Elder (scenes deleted)
Jonathan Hole ...
Church Elder (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann namens Peter  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 17 seconds See more »


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 »


The Rev. Peter Marshall: Finding someone else that thinks like you do, always puts me in mind of two ships flashing their lights on a lonely sea. They may be putting into different ports, but for a moment they knew one another was there.
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A Man Called Peter
Music by Max Stein
Lyrics by Charles Tobias & Ken Stein
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Truly inspiring and motivating as well as entertaining
8 February 2001 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

"A man called Peter was one of the most inspiring and uplifting movies I have had the privilege of seeing. After watching it I wanted to be a better person. The acting was also fabulous. The movies of today can't even compare in greatness.

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