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Crisis in Morality (1962)

 |  Documentary, Short  |  1962 (USA)
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The fall of many great nations has not been through external forces, but by internal forces. The United States is on the verge of such a fall due to sins in the heart - a so called crisis ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Al Sanders ...
Himself - Vice President, Bible Institute of Los Angeles
Bob Burnham ...
Himself - Police Sergeant, LAPD Juvenile Division
Roger Arnebergh ...
Himself - Los Angeles City Attorney
Estes Kefauver ...
Himself - US Senator (archive footage)
Lewis Brown ...
Himself - Captain, US Customs Service


The fall of many great nations has not been through external forces, but by internal forces. The United States is on the verge of such a fall due to sins in the heart - a so called crisis in morality - manifested by several issues plaguing the country. These issues include: an increase in crime, especially violent youth initiated crime such as through gang activity; the decline of the traditional family, seen through the rise of divorce, and unwed teen girls giving birth; an increase in the use of profanity in all aspects of society; a greater acceptability of obscenity; an increase in psychosocial substance abuse; and an increase in gambling. Much of the problem is due to the glamorization of such issues in popular culture, especially Hollywood movies. But the root cause is the decline of religion, specifically Christianity, in society. To change the tide, God needs to replace sin in the heart. Written by Huggo

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Several shots are "flipped", including the Statue of Liberty (shown holding the torch in her left hand) and a podium (with a reversed "S" logo). See more »


References Kipling's Women (1961) See more »

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Propaganda for Jesus
29 September 2012 | by (the Hudson Valley in New York) – See all my reviews

I gave this film 2 stars just because it's always interesting to me to see real-life footage from the past, as well as to hear the various crime statistics of the age, in this case, 1962.

The film starts out by explaining how modern society (1962) has a lot in common with Ancient Rome and its eventual decay and downfall. We have readily-available divorce; "out-of-wedlock" births by young teenagers; gang violence; drug abuse; Americans cheating on tax returns; etc., all of which the film calls "sins of the heart."

The remedy? The ONLY remedy for society's problems, according to this film, is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. That will cure everything. They want Jesus in everyday life, including in our schools.

I wonder what the film's producers would have said could they have looked into the future and seen the huge ramping-up nowadays of all the sins highlighted in the film! Also, what would they have said had they known about the widespread betrayal of trust and innocence by priests and other male role models that we are now so aware of!

All in all, the film is an interesting religious propaganda oddity and nothing more.

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