A Man Called Peter

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A Man Called Peter
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Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Samuel G. Engel
Written by Eleanore Griffin (screenplay)
Based on A Man Called Peter 
by Catherine Marshall
Starring Richard Todd
Jean Peters
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Robert L. Simpson
Release dates
31 March 1955 (New York)
Running time
119 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.74 million[1]
Box office $4.5 million (US rentals)[2][3]

A Man Called Peter is a 1955 American drama film directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Todd. The film is based on the life of preacher Peter Marshall, who served as Chaplain of the United States Senate and pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC before his early death. It is adapted from the 1951 biography of the same name, written by his widow Catherine Marshall.

The film was a box-office hit in 1955,[3] and it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1956 for its cinematography.

This was the final feature film of the actress Jean Peters, who played Catherine Marshall. Alfred Newman reused much of his score from his 1948 film The Walls of Jericho.



Richard Burton was originally meant to play the lead.[4]

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  1. ^ Solomon 1989, p. 249.
  2. ^ Solomon 1989, p. 226.
  3. ^ a b "The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955", Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956 
  4. ^ Looking at Hollywood: Richard Burton Will Star in Film, 'A Man Called Peter' Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 05 Dec 1953: 14.


  • Solomon, Aubrey (1989), Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press .

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