Cinema: Positive Thinking Preserved

One Man's Way. "If the Lord ever calls me, I'm not going," pipes the twelve-year-old son of an Ohio minister. He hates being a preacher's son because the other kids poke fun at him. But the boy is Norman Vincent Peale, who grows up to become a churchman and bestselling author (The Power of Positive Thinking) so famous that he gets the honor of seeing his biography filmed during his lifetime.

Actor Don Murray, in a fervently tight-jawed and idealized impersonation, begins Dr. Peale's career as a crime reporter in Detroit. He sees the efficacy of prayer when he saves a child...

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