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"Family Theatre" Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration (1951)

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25 March 1951
A respectful interpretation of what might have happened among Jesus's followers in the three days before Crucifixion. The story is told in the modern context of an US Army company stationed in Korea during the Korean War. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Patrick Peyton ... Host (as Father Patrick Peyton)
Gordon Oliver ... Padre
Todd Karns ... Cpl. Bates

Roddy McDowall ... Pvt. Huntington (The Professor)
Charles Smith ... Pvt. Carson
Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Mansfield
Spec O'Donnell ... Pvt. Cashman (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)

William Schallert ... Pvt. Wheeler (as Bill Schallert)
Dan Rankins ... Cpl. Weaver
Marc Hamilton ... Pvt. Madigan
Peter Similuk ... Forward Observer

Ruth Hussey ... Mary

Henry Brandon ... Cassius Longinus

Leif Erickson ... Pilate

Nelson Leigh ... Joseph of Arimathea

Joan Leslie ... Claudia Procles
Jeanne Cagney ... Mary Magdalen
Charles Meredith ... Peter

Frank Wilcox ... Abenadar, the Centurion - St. Ctésiphon
Peter Mamakos ... Gallicus

Gene Lockhart ... Matthew
Everett Glass ... Gaius Flaccus

Regis Toomey ... Nicodemus

James Dean ... John
Terry Kilburn ... Stephen
David Young ... Andrew
Frederic Berest ... Thomas (as Fred Berest)
Joseph F. Mansfield ... Alba

Michael Ansara ... Decius
Jack Baston ... Pilate's Scribe
Pauline Crell ... Mara
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Warner Bellah ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Arthur Pierson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James D. Roche  uncredited

Produced by
Jerry Fairbanks .... producer
Patrick Peyton .... producer (as Father Patrick Peyton)
Original Music by
Charles Koff 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine  (as Harold Stine)
Lester White (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Fuller 
Art Direction by
Oscar P. Yerg 
Production Management
Jerry Fairbanks .... executive in charge of production
Herbert Moulton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director
Bob Scrivner .... assistant director (as Robert Scrivner)
Sound Department
Larry Aicholtz .... sound (as Lawrence Aicholtz)
Editorial Department
Richard Fritch .... supervising editor
Music Department
Edward Paul .... musical director

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Pretty good despite the relatively low production values., 25 September 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This sort of drama is the sort of film I doubt you would ever seen made nowadays. It's from a religious show called "Family Theatre" and is a retelling of the story of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. It's unusual for two main reasons--it features quite a few famous actors (such as Gene Lockhart and Leif Erickson) of the day and it begins in Korea during the war and the story is told by the Chaplain to his men.

The manner in which the story is told is quite minimalistic--with few sets and at a relatively low cost. However, in spite of this, it doesn't come off as cheap--just different than the typical film about Jesus--without the huge spectacle and angelic music blaring. Instead, it's direct yet reverent. Sure, occasionally it's a tad heavy-handed in the dialog, but in general it's quite good and still watchable in this more jaded generation.

By the way, this was sponsored by Catholic organizations, hence the show's emphasizing Mary--calling her 'Holy Mother' and the like during this recreation of the days following Jesus' death.

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