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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

Production CompaniesOther Companies

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familiar faces, 5 July 2015
Author: drystyx from United States

In a piece as deep as this is supposed to be, it's a guilty pleasure to look for the familiar faces among the actors who would later become very famous.

First, the story, though. It's done in flashback style, a style overused today for no reason, but here it at least has a theatrical reason.

The theatrics of this Resurrection story are actually better than one sees today, because since about 1980, everyone in the world has become a ham, so the acting here may seem out of place to a world of natural hams. There was a day when people did speak and behave in the way these people did, though, and it's logical to believe that being before the information age, it's closer to reality.

The most recognizable face you will see is Michael Ansara, whom I didn't expect to see, but he just has a more recognizable face than the more famous Roddy McDowell, because of the distinctive characteristics.

It's a decent play, and puts one in mind of a stage play.

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