Religion: Shot in the Arm

His father, a fiery Methodist known as "Holy Joe," used to tell him: "When I take a thing to prayer, I always succeed." Son J. Arthur Rank has never forgotten what his father taught. When Rank first went into moviemaking in 1934, it was to make religious shorts. More recently, Britain's Cinemogul Rank has made his name world-famed with productions of another sort, such as Henry V, Brief Encounter, Hamlet. But he has never stopped making religious shorts.

This week Rank's Religious Films Ltd. unveiled a new production called Belshazzar's Feast, and a new star — the Rt. Rev. Christopher Maude Chavasse,...

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