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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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FAMILY THEATER: HILL NUMBER ONE (TV) (Arthur Pierson, 1951) **1/2 See more (4 total) »


 (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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FAMILY THEATER: HILL NUMBER ONE (TV) (Arthur Pierson, 1951) **1/2, 9 March 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is one of four relatively short films made by powerful American religious groups that were packaged together in a 3-Disc 10-movie budget collection entitled "Bible Time Favorites" – the remaining titles being popular Hollywood or peplum efforts on a religious theme which have fallen into the public domain. Anyway, this one is perhaps the most successful because it treats the subject in an original, albeit unsurprisingly reverent, manner – the titular 'outpost' being Golgotha (the place of Christ's crucifixion) and which is recounted on Easter Sunday by a padre to a squad of battle-weary G.I.s; in flashback, we see the events immediately following Jesus' death – which, again, strikes a point in its favor since these haven't been depicted all that often on-screen. The cast is an eclectic mix of character actors: Roddy MacDowall appears as a soldier in the 'modern' story, while Ruth Hussey, Joan Leslie, Gene Lockhart, Regis Toomey and Leif Erickson, among others, all interpret characters from the Bible – the latter, especially, making for a fine Pontius Pilate; however, most interestingly, this marks the debut of none other than James Dean – who already compels attention with his quietly sensitive portrayal of John, the youngest of Christ's apostles. Unfortunately, the film ends on the wrong foot with a cloying plea from a doddering priest for families to recite the rosary daily!

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