And Now Tomorrow (1952)

70 mins | Documentary | May 1952

Director:

William Watson

Producer:

Oren W. Evans

Cinematographer:

Charles Van Enger

Editor:

Otto Meyer

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Westminster Productions
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HISTORY

Credit and plot information were taken from contemporary reviews and news items. According to the DV review, And Now Tomorrow was produced for the National Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. and shown "specifically for church and group audiences" in celebration of the board's sesquicentennial anniversary. The LAT review also notes that the film contains "Negro spirituals." Nov 1951 HR news items add the following members to the cast: William Haade, Everett Anderson, Terry Hackett, Fred Sherman, K. D. Murray, Narda Brown, Aurora Garcia, Julia Montoya, Gilbert Fallman, Lee Korey, Ray Largey, Anthony Danta, George Slocum and Alan Ray . Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. On 19 May 1952, HCN reported that the film was to have its premiere on 23 May 1952 at Carnegie Hall and, simultaneously, at 200 Presbyterian churches ... More Less

Credit and plot information were taken from contemporary reviews and news items. According to the DV review, And Now Tomorrow was produced for the National Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. and shown "specifically for church and group audiences" in celebration of the board's sesquicentennial anniversary. The LAT review also notes that the film contains "Negro spirituals." Nov 1951 HR news items add the following members to the cast: William Haade, Everett Anderson, Terry Hackett, Fred Sherman, K. D. Murray, Narda Brown, Aurora Garcia, Julia Montoya, Gilbert Fallman, Lee Korey, Ray Largey, Anthony Danta, George Slocum and Alan Ray . Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. On 19 May 1952, HCN reported that the film was to have its premiere on 23 May 1952 at Carnegie Hall and, simultaneously, at 200 Presbyterian churches nationwide. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 May 52
p. 5.
Film Daily
21 May 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Citizen-News
19 May 1952.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Nov 1951
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 1951
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 1951
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 1951
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Nov 1951
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Nov 1951
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 1952
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 May 52
p. 4.
International Photographer
Dec 1951
p. 26.
Los Angeles Times
20 May 1952.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1952
Premiere Information:
World premiere in New York: 23 May 1952
Production Date:
8 November--20 November 1951 at KTTV Studios
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The National Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. begins in 1802. When Revolutionary War captain Gideon Blackburn preaches to his troops, he is chastised by Gen. Andrew Jackson. Although Blackburn is ready to quit the military, he decides to apply his energy to missionary work within the organization. Over the next decades, the church's original eight missionaries, including Rev. John Chavis, Samuel Worest, Dr. Marcus Whitman, Sheldon Jackson, Amanda MacFarland and Rev. Frank Higgins, are sent to various parts of America to spread the word of the Presbyterian church. Traveling through Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon, Alaska and other western states, the missions add to the growing country's spiritual development. ... +


The National Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. begins in 1802. When Revolutionary War captain Gideon Blackburn preaches to his troops, he is chastised by Gen. Andrew Jackson. Although Blackburn is ready to quit the military, he decides to apply his energy to missionary work within the organization. Over the next decades, the church's original eight missionaries, including Rev. John Chavis, Samuel Worest, Dr. Marcus Whitman, Sheldon Jackson, Amanda MacFarland and Rev. Frank Higgins, are sent to various parts of America to spread the word of the Presbyterian church. Traveling through Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon, Alaska and other western states, the missions add to the growing country's spiritual development. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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