A Man Called Peter (1955)





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A Man Called Peter is the story of Scottish-born Presbyterian minister and world-renowned author Peter Marshall, here played by Richard Todd. In his youth, Marshall moves to Washington DC, where he becomes pastor of the Church of the Presidents. His wisdom and conviction enables Marshall to communicate with men of all faiths. In private life, the pastor is given moral support by his loyal wife Catherine Marshall (Jean Peters). At the time of his comparatively early death, Marshall has become chaplain of the US Senate. Interestingly enough, while Marshall and his family are identified by name, the peripheral political characters are given fictional monickers--and sometimes, as in the case of the President played by William Forrest, no names at all. Director Henry Koster expertly avoids filming Marshall's sermons in a static, declamatory fashion. As Catherine Marshall, Jean Peters does wonders with a comparatively limited role; her best scene is her last, when she overcomes her lifelong fear of the ocean for the sake of her son (Billy Chapin). A Man Called Peter was certainly not conceived out of any box-office considerations, but it still paid its way. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Kids & Family , Faith & Spirituality
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Richard Todd
as Rev. Peter Marshall
Jean Peters
as Catherine Wood Marshall
Marjorie Rambeau
as Laura Fowler
Les Tremayne
as Sen. Willis K. Harvey
Jill Esmond
as Mrs. Findlay
Robert Burton
as Mr. Peyton
Gladys Hurlbut
as Mrs. Peyton
Gloria Gordon
as Barbara
Billy Chapin
as Peter John Marshall
Sally Corner
as Mrs. Whiting
Voltaire Perkins
as Sen. Wiley
Betty Caulfield
as Jane Whitney
Edward Earle
as Sen. Prescott
Mimi Hutson
as College Girl
Agnes Bartholomew
as Grandmother
Peter J. Votrian
as Peter Marshall, Ages 7 to 14
Ann B. Davis
as Ruby Coleman
Sam McDaniel
as Maitre d'
Dorothy Neumann
as Miss Crilly
Doris Lloyd
as Miss Hopkins
William Forrest
as President
Barbara Morrison
as Miss Standish
Carlyle Mitchell
as Dr. Black
Ricky Kelman
as Peter (age 5 1/2)
Louis Torres Jr.
as Peter (age 6 1/2)
Emmett Lynn
as Mr. Briscoe
Bill Walker
as Butler
Charles Evans
as President of Senate
Larry Kent
as Chaplain
Ben Wright
as Mr. Findlay
Florence MacAfee
as Mrs. Ferguson
Christopher C. Cook
as Bon Hunter
Winston Severn
as David Weed
Maudie Prickett
as Mrs. Pike
Richard Garrick
as Col. Whiting
Steffi Sidney
as Rowdy at Youth Rally
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Critic Reviews for A Man Called Peter

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Though decently acted by Tichard Todd and Jean Peters, this biopic of the famous Scottish clergyman and Senate chaplain is directed by Henry Koster in earnest, pious way.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012

Audience Reviews for A Man Called Peter


This is the most realistic account, in a movie, of a Christian preacher I have ever seen! Very moving sermons by Peter Marshall in this story based on his life as a Scottish born man with the call of God on his life who becomes the pastor of the "Church of the Presidents" in Washington DC. Although a short life, he accomplishes much for the Lord. Marshall is played by Richard Todd who did a very fine job with the role. Enjoyed this tremendously!

Robin P.
Robin P.

Reverent, sometimes corny bio of Peter Marshall is saved by a strong central performance from Richard Todd. The film also has high production values and a good supporting cast including Jean Peters' swan song before marrying Howard Hughes and retiring from acting for over two decades and then emerging to only do a very few appearances on TV.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A sweet simple film, beautifully done, wonderfully acted. Great production, moving and well written. The characters have depth and you care about them.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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