The Life of Nephi

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The Life of Nephi
Produced by Chet Clawson
Shirl Clawson
William A. Morton
Written by William A. Morton
Distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Release date
Running time
Three reels

The Life of Nephi is a 1915 lost film financed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The three-reel film was the first attempt to create a cinematic adaptation of the Book of Mormon. The Life of Nephi was produced by the brothers Chet and Shirl Lawson and was shot in Salt Lake City with a non-professional cast.[1]

The Life of Nephi had its theatrical premiere in Salt Lake City on October 25, 1915; it is unclear if the film had additional screenings outside of Utah. No print of the film is known to survive, although 40 hand-painted slides based on scenes from the production remain extant.[2]

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  1. ^ Randy Astle (July 2008). "Nephi's Colored Plates". Mormon Artists Group. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Life of Nephi". Mormon Literature & Creative Arts. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 

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