SynopsisHILL NUMBER ONE
Hosted by Father Patrick Peyton, this hour-long episode of Family Theatre features an all-star cast, including Roddy McDowall
, Michael Ansara
, Leif Erickson
, Ruth Hussey
, and Gene Lockhart
. But what makes this Easter Special—which revolves around Christ's Resurrection—truly special, is an early appearance by the late, great James Dean
, in an inspired performance.
I BEHELD HIS GLORY
Since its first broadcast during Easter Week, 1953, I Beheld His Glory has remained in steady circulation on the airwaves. Told from the perspective of the Roman centurion, Cornelius (George Macready), this religious drama follows Christ's fateful trip to Mount Calvary towards His Crucifixion. Cornelius, a nonbeliever, was on duty in Jerusalem that day, and he found his faith at the moment of the Seven Last Words. So moved was he, Cornelius remarked, "Truly this Man was the Son of God."
Martin Luther is the well-known religious drama that recounts the tale of his break from the Catholic Church, his posting of the 95 theses, and his eventual creation of the Protestant Movement. A dramatic highpoint of the film is Martin Luther's (Niall MacGinnis) "Here I Stand" speech, a captivating dialogue shot candidly by director Irving Pichel, who also plays a supporting role.
DAVID AND GOLIATH
Adapted from the Old Testament, David and Goliath tells the tale of the war between the Philistines and Israelites. Intense and introspective King Saul of Israel (Orson Welles) is told by the prophets that a young shepherd named David (Ivo Payer) will rise up and seize the crown, but first, David must take on the giant Goliath (Kronos) in a battle to the death.