For Hicksflicks.com, Dec. 6, 2013

If you'd like to see an excellent faith-promoting movie on a big theater screen, you can hardly do better than "A Man Called Peter" (1955), the fine biography of Scottish minister Peter Marshall, played very well by Richard Todd. The film will play on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo tonight (Friday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., free, BYU, Provo.

Marshall migrated from Scotland to the United States, receiving his spiritual calling and ministering over small congregations until he was eventually called to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. And that led to his being appointed twice as Chaplain of the Senate.

The film is stirring and dramatic but has its comic and romantic moments too, and it's gorgeously visualized in CinemaScope and color.

"A Man Called Peter" also works as a reminder that Hollywood was once respectful of religion and faith and churned out many movies that were uplifting and hopeful.


And "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) is back at the three Cinemark theaters in Salt Lake City, where ticket prices are in the $3 to $4 range.

This is the Judy Garland classic, filled with memorable songs and characters and as colorful a motif as any movie ever (after the action moves to Oz, that is).

If you haven't introduced this magical musical fantasy to your children yet, you owe it to them to get to the Sugarhouse and take it in.