The Great Commandment

The Great Commandment

Director: Irving Pichel Cast: John Beal, Maurice Moscovich, Albert Dekker


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Filmed independently in 1939, The Great Commandment finally attained released in 1942 via 20th Century-Fox. Set in 30 AD, the story concerns the burgeoning Christian movement, and its effects on young Judean scholar named Joel (John Beal). A hotheaded reactionary, Joel spearheads an uprising against the Romans, but his warlike impulses melt away under the influence of Jesus of Nazareth. Joel even "turns the other cheek" when dealing with the warrior who murdered his brother. Director Irving Pichel later helmed such inspirational church-basement fare as 1952's Martin Luther and 1954's Day of Triumph.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2006
UPC: 0089218508195
Original Release: 1941
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:20:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Beal Joel
Maurice Moscovich Lamech
Albert Dekker Longinus
Marjorie Cooley Tamar
Lloyd Corrigan Jemuel
Ian Wolfe Tax collector
Olaf Hytten Nathan
Anthony Marlowe Singer
Lester Scharff First zealot
Marc Loebell Judas
Harold Minjir Andrew
Earl Gunn Wounded man
George Rosener Merchant
John Merton Under officer
Stanley Price Second Elder
D'Arcy Corrigan Blind man
Max Davidson Old man
Warren McCollum Zadok

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Charles P. Boyle Cinematographer
Dana Burnet Screenwriter
John T. Coyle Producer
Ralph Dixon Editor
Edward C. Jewell Art Director
Walter Jurmann Score Composer
Hans J. Salter Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Great Commandment
2. Chapter 1 [13:09]
3. Chapter 2 [11:52]
4. Chapter 3 [13:12]
5. Chapter 4 [12:18]
6. Chapter 5 [15:15]
7. Chapter 6 [13:06]

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