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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.



(screenplay), (book)

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Complete credited cast:
... The Rev. Peter Marshall
... Catherine Wood Marshall
... Miss Laura Fowler
... Mrs. Findlay
... Sen. Willis K. Harvey
... Mr. Peyton
Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Peyton
... Col. Evanston Whiting
... Barbara
... Peter John Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Church Elder (scenes deleted)
... 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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From the best-seller by the woman who loved him! See more »


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Release Date:

April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann namens Peter  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 17 seconds See more »


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 »


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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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 See 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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