Classic Film & Television

Starting in 1951, Family Theater Productions began using film and television to tell the great stories of our Biblical tradition. Check out some of the programs still available for broadcast and retail sale below.

Classic Family Theater Moments

Check out these highlights from our archives featuring some of the biggest stars of the "Golden Age of Hollywood."

William Shatner  
The Soldier, Psalm 42 - 1962
Starring William Shatner  

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Bing Crosby
Bing and Blyth – From Road to Peace, 1952 
Starring Bing Crosby & Anne Blyth. 

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Classic Programs:

A Star Shall Rise
The wise men journey to see the child Jesus.
30 Minutes
Featuring: Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, Donna Martell, John Crawford, Morris Ankrum, Anthony Caruso
Producer: Fr. Patrick Peyton, Roland D. Reed
Director: John Brahm
Writer: John T. Kelley
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Dawn of America
Christopher Columbus’ famous journey and the people who made it possible.
Presented by Family Theater Productions and the Knights of Columbus
54 Minutes
Producer: Cifesa Productions, Madrid
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Hill Number One  (Features the Screen Debut of James Dean)
Modern war juxtaposed against the crucifixion of Jesus.
58 minutes
Featuring: James Dean, Father Patrick Peyton, Gordon Oliver, Roddy McDowall, Todd Karns, Nelson Leigh, Joan Leslie, Gene Lockhart, Charles Smith, Jeane Cagney....
Producer: Jerry Fairbanks and Fr. Patrick Peyton
Director: Arthur Pierson
Writer: James D. Roche
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Hound of Heaven
Based on Francis Thompsons’ classic poem.
15 Minutes
Featuring: Narration by MacDonald Carrey, Rossiland Russell and Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
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Joyful Hour
The story of Jesus’s Birth comes alive in this Christmas special.
59 minutes
Featuring: Lloyd Corrigan, Ruth Hussey, Nelson Leigh, Pat O'Brien, Raymond Burr
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton
Director: Frank McDonald
Director: Arthur Pierson
Writer: Fred Niblo
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Life of Christ Series: The Savior  (Over 35,000,000 people worldwide have seen this film series)
The Story of the Birth and Youth of Jesus Christ
90 Minutes
Featuring: Félix Acaso, Mariano Azaña, María Bassó, Dolores Cantabella, José Marco Davó, Félix de Pomés, Carlos Díaz de Moendoza, Enrique Macedo, Manuel Marques, Simón Ramírez, Jacinto San Emeterio, Luchy Soto, Luis Varela
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
Directors: Joseph Breen and Fernando Palacios
Writers: Thomas W. Blackburn and John T. Kelly
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Life of Christ Series: The Redeemer
90 Minutes
Featuring: Sebastian Cabot (narrator), Luis Álvarez, Maruchi Fresno, Manuel Monroy, Félix Cacaso, Antonio Vilar
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
Directors: Joseph Breen and Fernando Palacios
Writers: Thomas W. Blackburn and John T. Kelly
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Life of Christ Series: The Master
90 Minutes
Featuring: Luis Álvarez, Maruchi Fresno, Manuel Monroy, Féliz Acaso, Antonio Vilar
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
Directors: Joseph Breen and Fernando Palacios
Writers: Thomas W. Blackburn and John T. Kelly
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Our Lady of Fatima
Dramatic Reenactment of the Apparition of the Children in Portugal.
59 Minutes
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That I May See
Jesus heals Bartimaeus the blind man, but Bartimaeus still struggles with faith.
54 Minutes
Featuring: Ruth Hussey, Jeffrey Lin, Jr., Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, Regis Toomey
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Director: Arthur Pierson
Writer: Fred Niblo
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The Psalms (A Young George Lucas was a Camera Assistant on parts of this project)
Visual meditation on the Psalms with powerful imagery and forceful narration.
63 minutes
Featuring: William Shatner (“Boston Legal,” "Star Trek"), Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason,” “Ironsides”), Ann Blyth (Margaret Pierce, Kismet)
Producer: Maria Luca De Tena, Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Director: Dick Colla
Writer: Don Peters
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The Promise (Narrated by Bing Crosby)
Recounts the story of Simeon and Anna.
29 minutes
Featuring: Narration by Bing Crosby, special appearance by Frankie Avalon, Delores Cantabella, Mariano Azana, Felix Acaso, Simon Ramirez, Manuel Marques, Luis Guedes, Jaconto San Emeterio, Felix De Pomes, Hulla Guerdes
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Director: Joseph I. Breen
Writer: Richard Williams
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The Triumphant Hour
A dramatization of the lives of Jesus followers at the time of his passion and death.
59 minutes
Featuring: Jeanne Bates, Raymond Burr, Pauline Crell, Sam Flint, Michael Hale, Tudor Owen, Jack Baston, Jerome Blackwell
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Director: Arthur Pierson
Writer: Fred Niblo
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Trial At Tara
St. Patrick spreads Christianity through Ireland.
30 Minutes
Featuring: Ruth Hussey, William Blackwell, Richard Haley, Pat O’Malley
Producer: Father Patrick Peyton, CSC
Director: Arthur Pierson
Writer: Fred Niblo
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Road to Peace/Fiesta of the Stars
Features the vision of Patrick Peyton shared by friends in the "Golden Age of Hollywood."
24 Minutes
Featuring: Bing Crosby, Ann Blyth, Loretta Young, Rosalind Russell, Eddie Cantor, Shirley Temple, Hattie McDaniel and more
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World’s Greatest Mother 
The life of Mary in song and drama.
Featuring: Ruth Hussey
26 minutes
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