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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the U.S. Senators portrayed in the film were fictitious, due to most of those Senators still being alive at the time of the film's production and release in 1955. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Give Me That Old Time Religion
Traditional
Sung by Zarah Leander
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A marvelous inspirational movie
28 April 2000 | by fluxableSee all my reviews

Richard Todd and Jean Peters were the best choices for the roles of Peter Marshall and his wife, Catherine. Based on the best selling biographical novel (by Mrs. Marshall)the movie is both inspirational and well acted. The two main actors (Peters and Todd) have been very underrated by the Hollywood fanzines and - along with Marjorie Rambeau - they give Oscar deserved performances.

Why this film, which educates us in good morals and allows us to appreciate religious beliefs on a grand scale, has not been given more publicity is a puzzlement. It approaches audiences from an adult level and offers a piece of Americana that is rarely seen on the screen. I highly recommend this film. See it with the entire family and perhaps you too will be totally fullfilled - as my family was. I believe A Man Called Peter is the best film of its kind. A great, although hardly publicized movie!


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