Family Theatre (1949–1958)
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Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration 

A respectful interpretation of what might have happened among Jesus's followers in the three days after the Crucifixion. The story is told in the modern context of an US Army company stationed in Korea during the Korean War.

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Arthur Pierson
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Peyton Patrick Peyton ... Host (as Father Patrick Peyton)
Gordon Oliver ... Padre
Todd Karns ... Cpl. Bates
Roddy McDowall ... Pvt. Huntington (The Professor)
Charles Smith ... Pvt. Carson
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Mansfield
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Pvt. Cashman (as 'Spec' O'Donnell)
William Schallert ... Pvt. Wheeler (as Bill Schallert)
Dan Rankins Dan Rankins ... Cpl. Weaver
Marc Hamilton Marc Hamilton ... Pvt. Madigan
Peter Similuk Peter Similuk ... Forward Observer
Ruth Hussey ... Mary
Henry Brandon ... Cassius Longinus
Leif Erickson ... Pilate
Nelson Leigh ... Joseph of Arimathea
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A respectful interpretation of what might have happened among Jesus's followers in the three days after the Crucifixion. The story is told in the modern context of an US Army company stationed in Korea during the Korean War.

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English

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25 March 1951 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Roddy McDowall's television debut. See more »

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Referenced in Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012) See more »

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FAMILY THEATER: HILL NUMBER ONE (TV) (Arthur Pierson, 1951) **1/2
9 March 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is one of four relatively short films made by powerful American religious groups that were packaged together in a 3-Disc 10-movie budget collection entitled "Bible Time Favorites" – the remaining titles being popular Hollywood or peplum efforts on a religious theme which have fallen into the public domain. Anyway, this one is perhaps the most successful because it treats the subject in an original, albeit unsurprisingly reverent, manner – the titular 'outpost' being Golgotha (the place of Christ's crucifixion) and which is recounted on Easter Sunday by a padre to a squad of battle-weary G.I.s; in flashback, we see the events immediately following Jesus' death – which, again, strikes a point in its favor since these haven't been depicted all that often on-screen. The cast is an eclectic mix of character actors: Roddy MacDowall appears as a soldier in the 'modern' story, while Ruth Hussey, Joan Leslie, Gene Lockhart, Regis Toomey and Leif Erickson, among others, all interpret characters from the Bible – the latter, especially, making for a fine Pontius Pilate; however, most interestingly, this marks the debut of none other than James Dean – who already compels attention with his quietly sensitive portrayal of John, the youngest of Christ's apostles. Unfortunately, the film ends on the wrong foot with a cloying plea from a doddering priest for families to recite the rosary daily!


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