Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: The Power Of The Resurrection
USA, 1958. Family Films. Screenplay by Harry Denker. Cinematography by Walter Strenge. Produced by Harry Denker, Sam Hersh. Music by Paul Dunlap. Production Design by Edward Shiells. Costume Design by Albert Deano. Film Editing by Robert Fritch.
Short, full-colour drama from the late fifties begins with an aged Peter (Richard Kiley) comforting a fellow Christian as they wait in a Roman cell to be fed to lions. In the time they have before their deaths, Peter tells the young man about his shameful night when he denied Christ three times, followed by his leader’s death and resurrection after three days. Plastic acting, unimaginative direction and a not-so-subtle anti-Semitic veneer will turn off all but the most religiously inclined. At least it isn’t very long, so if you do watch it you won’t have given away too much of your life.