Sunday, June 30, 2013

'A Man Called Peter'

One of my favorite movies is "A Man Called Peter". The movie, a bio pic about Scottish American Pastor Peter Marshall,  is adapted from the book of the same name by his widow, Catherine Marshall. 

Watching this movie was my introduction to Marshall (1902-1949), who served as pastor of Washington D.C.'s New York Presbyterian Church from 1937 until his death. He was also appointed Chaplain of the U.S. Senate in 1947. 

Marshall's preaching was rich, lush and imaginative, made all the more compelling by his Scottish brogue. In studying his life, I'm learning that a number of sermon illustrations I've used for years were illustrations he used. In the move Richard Todd does a very good job of capturing Peter Marshall's style and voice, so that its pretty easy to imagine Marshall in the pulpit by watching this film. 

A couple of pieces of trivia from this movie: this movie was the last movie for Jean Peters (who plays Catherine Marshall). She went on to marry billionaire Howard Hughes. It was also the first movie for Ann B. Davis who is best known for playing 'Alice', the maid in the 'Brady Bunch'!

Here is a link to the audio of an actual sermon preached by Marshall. It's a masterpiece!

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