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Yesudas the Outcast - Missions Series


Date:1946
Length: 16m

Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. An outcaste Indian boy runs away from his master and enters a mission school. Made in South India, film shows life at the spearate schools for boys and girls. Yesudas becomes a minister, marries a girl from the mission school, and returns to his home village to build a church. Authentic and well produced, film may promote interest in foreign missions or give background for study of Indian missions.
Topics: Asia; India; Mission education; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-016

Return By Sea - Missions Series


Date:1956
Length: 29m
Missions Visualized, Inc., (producer) ; Board of Missions for the Methodist Church, (producer) ; Methodist Radio and Film Commission, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. A missionary's son returns as a Navy chaplain to the Philippines, where he was raised, to see what his church is doing there today. His travels impress upon him the advances made in evangelism, education, and medical work. Since it was produced by and for one denomination, one can expect major emphasis on that body's role in the country's Christian life. Thus recommended as an instructive promotional material with junior highs through adults in Methodist churches, it could be acceptable for the supplementary instruction of the same ages in other churches. Some Protestant groups will regret the central character's identification with the military, yet this factor may accelerate personal identification among young adults who have been in service. All production qualities are competent.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Philippines
ID: MS-012

Upriver in Sarawak - Missions Series


Date:1956
Length: 29m
Missions Visualized, Inc., (producer) ; Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. The first section of the film deals entirely with the life, customs, and religious rites of the Iban people of Borneo. The film then moves to document the Methodist mission activities in the region, admitting that their work has only just begun. The film closes with the evangelistic urge to continue Christian missionary efforts among the Iban people, in the hopes of converting the whole region, which also has a strong Islamic presence. Some may feel too much time is spent on background information to the exclusion of missionary material. This potential is all too rare in films of this type, however, for most audiences need an understanding of the people for whom their church is at work. Camera work and narration make the most of an informed script and the film is highly recommended for instructive promotion with junior highs through adults in the sponsoring denomination's congregations, recommended as an instructive tool with the same ages in other churches.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Sarawak
ID: MS-015

The Cross in Japan - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 32m
Lloyd E. Young, (producer) ; Department of World Mission, Evangelical United Brethren, (producer) ; Douglas Cox, (Director) ; Betty Erickson, (Screenwriter) ; Dale Munier (editor), (cast) ; Art Gilmore (narrator), (cast) ; Howarrd Culver (narrator), (cast)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Using his scrapbook of pictures, a missionary describes the work of the denomination in Japan. In churches, schools, and hospitals, the missionaries work with the Japanese to proclaim the total Christian message. Although specific EUB projects are visualized, the work illustrated is largely free from denominational labelling. There is a good overall view of the culture and religions of Japan; and the emphasis on working with, rather than for, the indigenous people is to be commended. Photography is excellent, the script is good. For instruction, promotion, and motivation of junior highs through adults, it is highly recommended for the producing denomination, recommended for other denominations.
Topics: Asia; Japan; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-005

Land of the Morning - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 28m
Missions Visualized, Inc. Lloyd E. Young, (producer) ; Department of World Missions, Evangelical United Brethren Church, (producer) ; General Youth Fellowship, Evangelical United Brethren Church, (sponsor)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. This film depicts scenes of Manila, sea coast villages and the fishing industry and mountain areas in the Philippines, showing the work of EUB partners in the United Church. It shows the work of the church in teacher training, education, and medicine. A major strength of this film is that it shows realistically the indigenous church at work; the photography is true to life. Although there may be more interest shown for the film in EUB churches and others whose denominations are part of the United Church in the Philippines, there is almost no denominational emphasis. It would be recommended for instruction and discussion in overseas missions with senior highs through adults.
Topics: Asia; Missions; Moving image; Philippines
ID: MS-010

Country of Islam - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 16m
Gunther V. Fritsch, (Director)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Through the eyes of a twelve-year old Muslim boy, the film interprets life in Morocco. Mustafa leaves his home village to seek an education in the city and his journey is full of new and interesting experiences. The efforts of the country to raise its people's living standards are set against backgrounds of Islamic culture, economic problems, and lack of educational programs at present. Excellent photography and scripting merit a highly recommended as an instructional material with junior highs through adults. The informational content is shared with appealing interest, and the film contributes to understanding of the culture involved as well as the role of Islam in that culture. The problems of underdeveloped areas and/or new countries are shown clearly in this fine example of a "secular" production with real relevance to missionary studies.
Topics: Africa; Missions; Morocco; Moving image
ID: MS-004

Korean Caravan - Missions Series


Date:1957
Length: 25m
Alan Shilin Films - Dynamic Films, (producer)
Description taken from Audio-Visual Research Guide (published nine editions, 1949-1972) of the National Council of Churches. Methodist work prior to the military take-over is pictured here. Missionaries based in Seoul organize a field trip for medical and evangelistic services to an outlying village.
Topics: Asia; Korea; Medical missions; Missions; Moving image
ID: MS-009

The Switch Point - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:43 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Ernest Kinoy, (Screenwriter) ; Harry Bannister, (cast) ; Ford Rainey, (cast) ; Robert Pastene, (cast) ; Anthony Malloy, (cast) ; Hon. John Brademas, (Moderator)
One evening, John Holden, chairman of the Citizens Committee for Better Schools, asks Martin Swayne to be a candidate for the School Board. Martin protests that he has been out of school affairs too long to be a good candidate, but Holden asks him to think it over. The following day, Ralph Peters, chairman of the Economy Bloc, tries to persuade Martin not to run and hints that Martin in his plumbing and heating business will be a sitting duck for mud-slingers. During a luncheon with Swayne, Holden draws attention to Tommy, their waiter, as a special student who is learning to be a short order cook in one of the so-called "frill" courses. In the closing scene Swayne has decided to run but learns from Holden that Frank Hornmeyer, a former school superintendent, will run instead. Holden asks Swayen to accept the less glamorous task of chairing the Ways and Means Committee. Theme: Our responsibility to our community. The eighth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Civic responsibility; Education; Elections; Politics; School elections; Television programs
ID: TB-08-switch

A Portrait of Hector - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:39 minutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Irving Gaynor Nieman, (Screenwriter) ; Howard Morris, (cast) ; Frances Sternhagen, (cast) ; Narrated by: Jonathan Harris, (cast) ; Rev. Jameson Jones, (Moderator)
The story is a humorous fantasy dealing with our preoccupation with security. It is done chiefly with voice-over narration in rhyme with pantomime action against a stylized art backdrop. Hector McQuarry from birth to his hundredth birthday is in search of security. At the ago of twelve, Hector sees a sign "Gauranteed Safety for 100 Years" and proceeds to try to acquire this security - pills for health, insurance against all kinds of eventualities, and finally, insurance for the next world. But through it all Hector has not known a peaceful moment. Something went wrong. What was it? This is the question the story leaves with us. Theme: The real meaning of security. The twelfth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Assurance (Theology); Personality development; Security (Psychology); Television programs
ID: TB-12-hector

Forget Richards! - Talk Back Television Series


Date:1958
Length: 28:55 inutes
John Clayton, (Director) ; Art Wallace, (Screenwriter) ; Biff McGuire, (cast) ; Frank Schofield, (cast) ; John Gibson, (cast) ; Raymond Bramley, (cast) ; Dr. Robert Moon, (Moderator)
John Parker, responding to a call by the office manager, Mr. Carlisle, meets Frank Richards nonchalantly arriving for work a half-hour late. When his boss berates Parker for not having the inventory complete, Parker asks how he can be expected to have it ready when his assistant comes to work late. During this conversation, the owner, Mr. Whitmore, interrupts, demanding to know who is responsible for the loss of the Hunt Cosmetic account. The cause was traced to Richards. Whitmore demands the Richards be fired immediately. Later Carlisle and Parker find that Carlisle, not Richards, has misplaced the order. Carlisle realizes that he can be fired for the error. He fails to see why Parker should object to Richards taking the blame since he has repeatedly said that Richards is incompetent. Theme: Applying Christain principles to business. The sixth program of the Talk Back TV series.
Topics: Business ethics; Ethics; Industrial relations; Television programs; Work environment
ID: TB-06-richards