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The Gospel Blimp (1967)

A church group uses a blimp to evangelize their hometown, but things don't work as planned.


Joseph Bayly (book), Rudy Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Bob O'Donnell Bob O'Donnell ... Commander
Paul Bubar Paul Bubar
Ed T. McDonnell Ed T. McDonnell ... (as Ed McDonnell)
Joe Earley Joe Earley
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy
Fred Bell Fred Bell
Julie Williams Julie Williams
Betty Deal Betty Deal
Elaine Valenteen Elaine Valenteen
Nancy Zain Nancy Zain
Charles R. Stebbins Charles R. Stebbins ... (voice)


George and Ethel are concerned about the salvation of their next-door neighbors, but don't know how to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ. During an evening get-together of George and Ethel's Christian friends, everyone is captivated by the sight of a blimp flying overhead. Then Herm gets a bright idea: why not use a blimp to proclaim the Christian message to the unchurched citizens of Middletown? The group incorporates, buys a used blimp, hires a pilot, then commences to evangelize their hometown by towing Bible-verse banners, 'firebombing' folks below with gospel tracts, and broadcasting Christian music and programs over loudspeakers. But a series of misadventures puts the blimp ministry in jeopardy. And George becomes increasingly uneasy about the methods and business practices of International Gospel Blimps Incorporated and its "Commander", Herm. Do the personal sacrifices made by the group's members justify the results? And will George and Ethel's next-door neighbors ... Written by yortsnave

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This movie was filmed at least partly in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, the same town that is home to the Colonial Theater, which was featured in the famous theater scene in the sci-fi thriller "The Blob" starring Steve McQueen. See more »

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Bizarre film but kind of funny
31 July 2004 | by RDenialSee all my reviews

It is too bad that this film is forgotten. It was possibly the best Christian film that I ever saw. Kind of bizarre storyline with a group of Christians wanting to spread the Gospel so for some reason they buy a blimp to spread the Word. They upset the whole Mayberry type town as their radio signals messes up peoples TV reception and the Gospel tracts that they throw out of the blimp covers freshly raked lawns. Kind of funny to see angry townspeople shaking their fist at the Blimp. Then things get really weird. The guy who pilots the Blimp starts dressing up in some Commodore outfit for some reason and starts on a delusion of grandeur trip. I had a friend once who thought that this film should be turned into a Christian "Rocky Horror Picture Show" with people in the pews dressing up as their favorite characters and reacting to lines in the film. It would have been fun. This is a very hard movie to get ahold of.

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