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Family Theater (1947-1957)



Family Theater

(1947 - 1957)

Drama / Family

30 minutes

Directed by Father Patrick Peyton

The program was produced by Family Theater Productions, a film and radio studio extension of the Family Rosary Crusade, as a way to promote family prayer.  The famous tagline was "The family that prays together, stays together".

The program had no commercial sponsor, yet Father Peyton arranged for many of Hollywood's stars in film and radio at the time to appear.  In its ten year run, well-known actors and actresses, including James Stewart, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Raymond Burr, Jane Wyatt, Charlton Heston, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Gene Kelly, William Shatner, and Chuck Connors, appeared as announcers, narrators or stars.

A total of 540 episodes were produced.  The program featured not only religious stories but half-hour adaptations of literary works such as A Tale of Two Cities , Moby Dick and Don Quixote.





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