Religion: Chaplain to the Movies

Into Hollywood's small, grey-stuccoed Church of St. Mary of the Angels went many a cinema star last Sunday to honor one of Hollywood's outstanding characters. The Rev. Neal Dodd sang High Mass, marking the 36th anniversary of his ordination in the Episcopal Church's priesthood. For a quarter of a century nervous, bespectacled, balding Father Dodd, 64, has been rector of the parish (224 communicants). He is also an actor, as well as technical adviser and father confessor to the film industry.

This double career began in 1919 when the late Director James Cruze, stung by criticisms that movie parsons never looked like...

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