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The Living Christ Series 

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1951  
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 Narrator 12 episodes, 1951
Robert Wilson ...
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Tyler McVey ...
 Simon Peter 9 episodes, 1951
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Lawrence Dobkin ...
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 Simon the Zealot 7 episodes, 1951
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 Pontius Pilate 5 episodes, 1951
Eileen Rowe ...
 Mary the Mother 5 episodes, 1951
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Select scenes from the final three episodes would be interwoven into a 1953 made for TV film called "I Beheld His Glory". See more »

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Larry Dobkin is John the Baptist
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was given the two disc set for Christmas and as a Baptist had several doctrinal issues with the first part of the first disc (dealing with Christ's birth and youth). It's got a strong Catholic extra-Bible bent. Some of the omissions bothered me too.

But the events of His adulthood, since they stayed close the spoken words (in modern English, no problem, I'm not a "if the KJV was good enough Paul, it's good enough for me.") of Christ Himself, were a real blessing and helped make the Bible real.

The actors were really quite good for a low-budget project. There's a tendency (even in a large budget, or especially) to go over the top with the acting. Most of them were natural and believable. The man who played Christ was really good and didn't go around with his eyes and arms raised to Heaven constantly. I was actually able to lose myself in the story.

Though he's not given credit, nor even mentioned, Lawrence Dobkin was John the Baptist and was excellent.

Even the actors in the smallest roles were, for the most part, very professional. I didn't feel like I was watching "amateur night".

If you're Catholic or don't mind, the entire series should be all right. Any other denomination, you might, like me, prefer the episodes that take place when Christ was an adult.

Quality of the film itself is a whole 'nother story. It has not been restored in any way and the color has gone somewhat sepia. There's lots of scratches and the soundtrack sometimes has sounds and words that are distorted or lost. The films were undoubtedly played a lot and got pretty wore out. Another poster mentioned them being shown at churches and on TV (I don't recall watching it but I may have as a child). Well, at least they have all the episodes.


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