One Man's Way

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From at least the 1930s on to the 1970s, the upbeat protestant minister, Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, ministered to the well-heeled and upwardly mobile of the United States from his pulpit at the Riverside church on Fifth Avenue in New York City. At least as positive-thinking as the similarly cheery Dale Carnegie (How To Win Friends and Influence People), his lift-yourself-by-your-bootstraps message of good cheer was perceived as unorthodox by many within the churches he grew up in. After many decades of preaching his message, summed up in his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking, he was enshrined as a sort of secular saint. His influence reached to Presidents and corporate heads, and his name became synonymous with a kind of extraverted wholesomeness which has long since vanished. This biopic traces his career in the most respectful possible manner.

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Don Murray
as Norman Vincent Peale
Diana Hyland
as Ruth Stafford Peale
William Windom
as Rev. Clifford Peale
Carol Ohmart
as Evelyn Grace
Liam Sullivan
as Dr. Gordon
June Dayton
as Mrs. Gordon
Ian Wolfe
as Bishop Hardwick
Arthur Peterson
as Instructor
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Thompson
Virginia Sale
as Miss Collingswood
Rory O'Brien
as Leonard Peale as a Child
David Bailey
as Robert Peale as a Child
Mickey Sholdar
as Norman Peale as a Child
Paul Marin
as Feldman
Hank Stanton
as Jack Wilson
Bryan O'Byrne
as Organist
Eddie Ryder
as Gas Station Attendant
Ed Peck
as Harry the Reporter
John Harmon
as Elder Marcus
Joe Hamilton
as Elder Thompson
Tom Palmer
as Prof. Aiken
Wendy Ferdin
as Margaret Peale
Butch Patrick
as John Peale
Sharyl Locke
as Elizabeth Peale
Gerald Gordon
as Robert Peale Grown
Tom Skerritt
as Leonard Peale Grown
Vernon Rich
as Mr. Melton
Bing Russell
as Tom Rayburn
Ann Morgan Guilbert
as Receptionist
Ed Prentiss
as Mr. Boardman
Arthur Marshall
as Rod Allenberry
Geraldine Wall
as Mae Michaels
Jon Lormer
as John Hellman
Jean Carson
as Woman Who Shoots Husband
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