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Writer: Olga Printzlau. Director: William D. Writer: Milton Geiger. Narrator: Walter Cronkite. The Little Church Around the Corner is based on a comedy-drama about a minister who accepts a position in a wealthy church in hopes of persuading his parishioners, among them the mine owner, to improve the miners' conditions. When a mine explosion traps the owner and his daughter, the minister rescues them and faces the angry miners. Tonight's print is a condensation of the original release, intended for home distribution as part of the Kodascope Library a fascinating precursor of the videocassette rental.

You Are There was a children's series that used on-the-spot reporting techniques to describe historical events. To say it was a "children's series" is misleading in a sense -- these programs were almost uniformly excellent and served as an entertaining introduction to world history. Thursday, July 9 pm Angel and the Badman Republic, In , the thoroughly unexpected result of John Wayne's first independent production was, of all things, a pacifist western.

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Angel and the Badman has Wayne playing a wounded gunman nursed and sheltered from his enemies by a family of Quakers, including beautiful daughter Gail Russell if this sounds familiar, think Harrison Ford in Witness. The film has its flaws, among them insistent music and a lack of traditional action. Still, Wayne-as-romantic-lead is amusingly undone by women, by religion, and by friendly persuasion. Director: William Keighley. Writer: Marc Connelly.

The Green Pastures was the only film with a largely African-American cast made at a major studio during the s, and attracted many of the leading black performers of the time. Although a prestigious version of the long-running Broadway musical show, appealing to different races, for which Warner Bros. The Green Pastures conveyed religious beliefs in the manner of folk culture, as humankind overcomes temptation to remain true to their belief in God, told in what at the time were regarded as patterns of speech and thinking endemic to the region and the race.

The score included portions of more than 25 spirituals sung by the Hall Johnson choir. Wednesday, July 15 pm The Converts Biograph, Director: D. Camera: G.


Walthall, Owen Moore, Mack Sennett. The Way of the World Biograph, The Unbeliever Edison, Director: Alan Crosland. Writer: Mary Raymond Shipman. Two D. Griffith one-reelers precede an Edison feature on tonight's bill. Both The Converts and The Way of the World examine the ageless conflict between worldly pleasures and more spiritual concerns.

In The Converts , a man who pretends to be a priest finds that his ruse cannot dampen the power of salvation, while in The Way of the World , a real priest ventures out into the streets amongst the laborers to find that his message is not to everyone's liking.

In The Unbeliever , an aristocrat finds faith in God when Jesus appears to him as he lays wounded in a Belgian battlefield. Made in cooperation with the Marine Corps, the film also features a turn by Erich von Stroheim as -- what else? Writer: Arthur Miller, based on his play. Miller's story of the 17th century Salem witch trials, originally written as a stage allegory about the post-war Communist "witch hunts," receives a cinematic treatment focusing on an illicit relationship between married John Proctor Day-Lewis and young Abigail Williams Ryder , and the ensuing web of sexual revenge, religious intolerance, mass hysteria, and accusations of witchcraft.

The basic characters and events are from historic s Salem, but with some changes needed for Miller's script; perhaps most notably, changing the age of Williams from 11 to 17 in order to make the sexual affair between her and Proctor more plausible. Miller was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay, as was Joan Allen for her performance as Elizabeth Proctor, but critics have commented unsatisfactorily on some of the character definition and acting, oversimplification of Puritan beliefs, and excessive and unbelievable hysteria on the part of the witch-accusing village girls.

Director: Frank Tuttle. Writer: Evangeline Andrews. Cast: Arthur Hohl, Audrey Hart. The Pilgrim First National, Photography: Rollie Totheroh. In the Yale University Press commissioned films based on the fifty volumes in their Chronicles of America series. Ultimately, only fifteen episodes were produced, and we're presenting two of them this evening.

The Pilgrims traces their escape, first to Holland and then their departure on the Mayflower for America. The hardships of the settlers are shown in a manner which, according to the subject guide, "reveals the simple faith of the Pilgrims and their devotion to the ideal of freedom of religious thought and expression. His pantomime of the David-and-Goliath story is not to be missed.

Director: Pam Gordon. Narrator: Harlow Wilcox. Producer, Writer, and Narrator: Irv Drasnin. Prophets or charlatans? Aimee Semple McPherson and Father Charles Coughlin brilliantly exploited radio in the Twenties and Thirties to garner massive followings for their message of salvation and in Coughlin's case, a strong dose of anti-Semitism as well. From Milkpail to Pulpit is a documentary produced by the remnants of McPherson's broadcasting organization. Drawing extensively from an autobiographical sermon delivered in , it is -- unsurprisingly -- a flattering look at the controversial preacher.

Father Coughlin enjoyed enormous popularity and for a time his highly emotional, ultra-conservative views were quite influential. He used his electronic pulpit to alternately promote or vituperate Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Director: Cyril Ritchard. Writer: Jonathan Miller. Director: Paul Stanley. Writer: Don M. Profiles in Courage was a series of dramatized biographies about Americans "who put their careers and their popularity on the line," according to Executive Producer Robert Saudek who is also, incidentally, former chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

The episodes were drawn from John F. Kennedy's book and additional stories were approved by the President before his death.

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Anne Hutchinson portrays her struggle with the Puritan hierarchy over theocratic control of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, reaffirming the principle of the separation of church and state. Women continue to make up the majority of most religious groups—including most Christian groups.

Levels of educational attainment vary widely between religious groups, even among white Christians. Unitarian-Universalists and Hindus are, on average, the most educated, while Hispanic Catholics are the least formally educated. Among Protestants, there are substantial variations by denominational family. Presbyterians and Episcopalians have the highest levels of educational attainment. However, levels of educational attainment vary considerably by ethnicity.

Nonwhite Christian religious groups have considerably lower levels of education. Among non-Christian religious groups, Muslims have the lowest levels of educational attainment. However, among Jewish Americans, there are considerable differences in educational background by denomination. No religious group has a higher proportion of members with post-graduate degrees than Unitarian-Universalists. Religiously unaffiliated Americans are less educated than many religious groups.

However, self-identified atheists and agnostics have significantly greater educational experience.