Television: The Show Nobody Saw

The TV show that made the biggest splash in Chicago last week was one that nobody got to see. When the Chicago Tribune's WGN scheduled the biographical film Martin Luther for its U.S. TV première, Roman Catholics swamped the station with protesting letters, postcards and telephone calls. Sample: "We object to you showing the film because it makes a hero out of a rat." WGN abruptly canceled the movie. That set up a new clamor. Lutherans, other Protestants, some Jewish groups objected furiously, sent 1,000 telegrams of protest in a single day. The National Council of Churches called the cancellation "a...

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