Unfinished Task (February 3, 1960)
Released on February 3, 1960: (running time 1 hour and 11 minutes) The son of a construction company mogul decides on a career path that angers his father and may cost him the woman of his dreams and even his life.
Produced by Sam Hersh and S. Roy Luby
Directed by William F. Claxton and Herman W. Cockel
Written by Herbert Moulton
The Actors: John Bryant (James W. Bradford), Angie Dickinson (Alice Greenway Bradford), Ray Collins (John Bradford), Katherine Warren (Dora Bradford), Donald Woods (Pastor Goodwin), John Shepodd (Bob Connors), Stuart Randall (Rex Barton), Richard Benedict (Corporal Burr), Sam Flint (Roy Calhoun), Ivan Triesault (Doctor Neuman), Jimmy Baird (Jimmy Bradford), Mimi Gibson (Jodie Bradford), Milton Woods (medical orderly Kopa), Virginia Wave (Miss Lane), Vera Francis (Tem Lane, secretary), Nancy Evans (Mrs. Barton), Darryl Glenn (Amu), Irvin Mosley Jr. (native), Reginald Lal Singh (Paro), Paul Bradley (graduation party guest)
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Papa was a preacher, and he had five daughters and two sons. David Berkey was born right after first daughter Vivian, but David was ill from the day he was born, and died during his 21st year. I came along after the bitterly cold winter of 1950-1951 long after Mom and Dad should have been thinking about another child . . . but after five girls, and a mortally ill son, I was the apple of Dad's eye . . . a boy . . . his boy! With his passion for the Pentecostal message and the joy of serving others, he always held the hope in his heart that I would follow in his footsteps and become a man of the cloth.
But I had other ideas . . . I was never sure what they were, but after three years studying to become a minister I knew that it would never be my passion . . . I would become a rebel to my family by searching for a path that none of my family could see or understand . . . indeed I am still considered the 'black sheep' of the family. For me, it would be many long years of discontent working in steel mills, managing restaurants, selling cars and insurance, and many more jobs before I would discover that my passion would be watching old movies and building web pages to share them . . . Papa might roll over in his grave.
Some children grow up to follow the path that their parents build for them as they grow up, and some of us are born rebels. In this story Jim Bradford, played by John Bryant, has been groomed since he could walk to become a building engineer like his father John, played by Ray Collins. Even his wife was picked out for him, Papa's secretary Alice, played by a very young and brunette Angie Dickinson.
Unfortunately for Papa, Jim Bradford is a bit of a rebel, and after graduating from college instead of joining Papa's construction company he decides to become a missionary to the jungles of New Guinea, halfway around the world. Need I tell you that Papa is not happy?
This adventure will take you down very unexpected paths, so don't expect a pie-in-the-sky happy journey . . . because just like life many times . . . the path can include very unexpected turns that don't fit our preconceived ideas of the church and what part a church plays in our lives. With famous director S. Roy Luby financing and overseeing this drama you know that this will not be your average B-movie done on a shoestring with a weak plot. I'm betting that as the movie progresses you will have an idea of how the movie will end, and I'm also betting that you will be totally wrong! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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