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A Man Called Peter (1955)

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.


Henry Koster


Eleanore Griffin (screenplay), Catherine Marshall (book)

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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)


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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The True Story of How One Man's Faith Uplifted a Nation See more »


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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann namens Peter See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Final film of Jean Peters. See more »


Pearl Harbor has been attacked (7 December 1941), and Washington D.C. is in full wartime mode (early 1940's) when Mrs. Marshall falls ill; bedridden for almost three years, she looks over a stack of checks that have gone to pay her medical bills; they are all dated March, April, and June 1937. See more »


The Rev. Peter Marshall: Catherine, I'm afraid you'll have to ask the blessing. The Lord knows I'm not grateful for turkey hash and I can't fool him.
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A Man Called Peter
Music by Max Stein
Lyrics by Charles Tobias & Ken Stein
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Peter Marshall's town
2 March 2007 | by snpcoatbridgeSee all my reviews

I have seen this film a few times, the first when I was about 15 yrs old. I admit that my interest was initially stimulated by the fact that I am a native of Coatbridge where Peter Marshall came from. I live just up the road in Airdrie which is only a couple of miles away. My dad remembers when the film was made as it was a 'big thing' then in the old town. In fact my old school is only a few yards behind where the camera was situated in the street during the opening scenes: Muiryhall Street. Sadly there is no official memorial to Peter Marshall in his home town and very few people here would know about him today. Coatbridge has lost all the old iron and steel works which gave it her nickname: the Iron Burgh. Peter would not recognise the old place today although it desperately needs someone of his vision and faith in this cynical and secular age. Coatbridge has a population of around 46,000 and is 12 miles east of Glasgow. Most of the people are nominally Roman Catholic; 60% of the population due to immigration from Ireland in the late 19 c and early 20 c, including my own antecedents. I am not certain if there are any of Peter's family still around though there must surely be. If the film was true in essence then it is absolutely clear that Coatbridge and Scotland's loss was certainly Washington's and the USA's gain.

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