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A Man Called Peter (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Family | April 1955 (USA)
The rise of Peter Marshall, from modest Scottish upbringing, to New York seminary, time in Atlanta churches, his marriage, appointment as chaplain of the US Senate, and early death at 46. Based on real events.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Eleanore Griffin (screenplay), Catherine Marshall (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Todd ... The Rev. Peter Marshall
Jean Peters ... Catherine Wood Marshall
Marjorie Rambeau ... Miss Laura Fowler
Jill Esmond ... Mrs. Findlay
Les Tremayne ... Sen. Willis K. Harvey
Robert Burton ... Mr. Peyton
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Peyton
Richard Garrick ... Col. Evanston Whiting
Gloria Gordon ... Barbara
Billy Chapin ... Peter John Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Campbell ... Church Elder (scenes deleted)
Jonathan Hole ... Church Elder (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Based on the true story of a young Scottish lad, Peter Marshall, who dreams of only going to sea but finds out there is a different future for him when he receives a "calling" from God to be a minister. He leaves Scotland and goes to America where after a few small congregations he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. and eventually he becomes Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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From the best-seller by the woman who loved him! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au service des hommes See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Morgan was a contender for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

The bulk of the story takes place in the 1930's and the 1940's but all of the women's fashions and hairstyles are strictly 1955. See more »

Quotes

The Rev. Peter Marshall: Finding someone else that thinks like you do, always puts me in mind of two ships flashing their lights on a lonely sea. They may be putting into different ports, but for a moment they knew one another was there.
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Give Me That Old Time Religion
Traditional
Sung by Zarah Leander
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Wow, Here's A Rare Film
12 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This may be one of the most unique films ever made in Hollywood because it actually looks and sounds like a film made by Christians for Christians. Usually it's the opposite. Even back in the "Code" decades, this type of film was rare, where it shows a minister in a good light throughout the story.

This is the story of Peter (played by Richard Todd) and Catherine (Jean Peters) Marshall. Marshall was a Scottish preacher who became famous both there and in the United States, rising to Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Todd does an admirable acting job and Peters is convincing as his wholesome wife.

As biased as I am for this kind of film, I am honest enough to point out any drawbacks to it, if I feel it is warranted. In this case, I thought that it was simply too slow here and there. Like a lot of movies, it would have been more effective having 15-20 minutes edited from it.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for one of those rare films that portrays Christians in a positive light, please check this one out.


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