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The Gospel Blimp (1967)

| Short, Comedy, Drama
A church group uses a blimp to evangelize their hometown, but things don't work as planned.

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Bob O'Donnell ...
Commander
Paul Bubar
Ed T. McDonnell ...
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Joe Earley
Brendan Conroy
Fred Bell
Julie Williams
Betty Deal
Elaine Valenteen
Nancy Zain
Charles R. Stebbins ...
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George and Ethel are concerned about the salvation of their next-door neighbors, but don't know how to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ. During an evening get-together of George and Ethel's Christian friends, everyone is captivated by the sight of a blimp flying overhead. Then Herm gets a bright idea: why not use a blimp to proclaim the Christian message to the unchurched citizens of Middletown? The group incorporates, buys a used blimp, hires a pilot, then commences to evangelize their hometown by towing Bible-verse banners, 'firebombing' folks below with gospel tracts, and broadcasting Christian music and programs over loudspeakers. But a series of misadventures puts the blimp ministry in jeopardy. And George becomes increasingly uneasy about the methods and business practices of International Gospel Blimps Incorporated and its "Commander", Herm. Do the personal sacrifices made by the group's members justify the results? And will George and Ethel's next-door neighbors ... Written by yortsnave

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This movie was filmed at least partly in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, the same town that is home to the Colonial Theater, which was featured in the famous theater scene in the sci-fi thriller "The Blob" starring Steve McQueen. See more »

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Very funny satirical but insightful look at evangelizing versus loving acts of faith.
6 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very funny film. The book is a lot funnier, but... Try to find a copy of either, it's difficult. For anyone, they should find it rather amusing. For Christians of the evangelical camp, they should find it both humorous and thought-provokingly challenging.

Basically, a guy becomes "saved" at a revival meeting during a difficult time in his life. He becomes better and better at evangelizing for his faith, to the point where his ego begins to consume and embolden him. He gradually moves to doing massive, grandiose attempts to evangelize others-- especially his irritating "unsaved" next-door neighbor-- including hiring a blimp to flash signs of salvation over the city, and especially over the house of his "unsaved" neighbor. But he can't even go over and meet the man, face to face.

The movie's conclusion (as with the book) finds him discovering that offering salvation and acts of faith and charity are sometimes closer to home, and more personal.


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