City Story (1954)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director William "One Take" Beaudine never turned down a job from anyone. So when the Protestant Film Commission called him up to work on City Story, he was on the set bright and early the first morning of shooting, and was still there when production wrapped a week or so later. The plot concerns clergyman Warner Anderson, whose church is suffering from a dip in attendance. Trying to figure out how to attract the rough-hewn juvenile delinquent contingent, Anderson turns to an unusual source for advice. That source is young prison inmate June Kenney, who since her incarceration has seen the light and is spreading the Word to her fellow prisoners. The sincerity that went into City Story compensates for its seedy production values.

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religion, bad-woman-turns-good, bishop, born-again, Christianity, church, evangelism, one-against-odds, prison, teenagers