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I'll Give My Life (1960)

Approved | | Drama | 3 February 1960 (USA)

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This story opens with John Bradford throwing a graduation party for his son, Jim, who has just earned a degree in engineering. John has planned to make his son a partner in his engineering ... See full summary »

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John Bradford
John Bryant ...
James W. Bradford
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Alice Greenway Bradford
Katherine Warren ...
Dora Bradford
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Pastor Goodwin
Jon Shepodd ...
Bob Conners
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Rex Barton
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Cpl. Burr
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Roy Calhoun
Ivan Triesault ...
Dr. Neuman
Jimmy Baird ...
Jimmy Bradford
Mimi Gibson ...
Jodie Bradford
Milton Woods ...
Kopa, Medical Orderly
Virginia Wave ...
Miss Lane
Vera Francis ...
Tem Lane - Secretary
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This story opens with John Bradford throwing a graduation party for his son, Jim, who has just earned a degree in engineering. John has planned to make his son a partner in his engineering firm for many years. However, Jim has decided to enter the ministry. He is hesitant to tell his father because he knows his father will be upset. After he tells his father his intentions, his father does all that he can to try to dissuade him from going. But Jim does go away to seminary. Alice, who is John's secretary, has been dating Jim for years. She continues to write him while he attends four years of seminary. When he completes his classes he applies for foreign service and is assigned duty in New Guinea. He has a hard time telling Alice his plans because it would mean that she would have to go with him if they get married. Jim explains that while he was a soldier in WWII he realized that there were millions of impoverished people throughout the world that didn't know about Jesus Christ and he... Written by sandradavisx1

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James W. Bradford: Alice, can you understand that sometimes a man must put aside everything and dedicate himself to a new life? A life to which God has called him
Alice Greenway Bradford: Well I think understand but will your father?
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I do the work before the night comes
18 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Produced by the Lutheran Missouri Synod I'll Give My Life plays like an expanded version of one of their television episodes of This Is The Life which was a long running television series with religious dramas. It's a sincere effort helped in large part by the professional cast of familiar faces.

Ray Collins plays the head of a successful engineering firm who has hopes that his son John Bryant will join him in the firm. But Collins gets the shock of his life when Bryant tells him after war service he wants to go to the seminary and become a minister. Later on he tells him he wants to become a missionary and gets an assignment in New Guinea. Even worse Collins's secretary Angie Dickinson quits and marries Bryant and they start a family in New Guinea.

The film is played out over the course of the next ten or so years and it goes through the trials and heartaches and tragedies of what happens and what can happen to missionaries. Of course the film takes the position that the work is worth it and has to be done before night comes in the biblical sense.

Religious folks will find this an inspiring film and it truly is a well made film with a simple and powerful message.


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