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I'll Give My Life (1960)

Approved | | Drama | 3 February 1960 (USA)
This story opens with John Bradford throwing a graduation party for his son, Jim, who has just earned a degree in engineering. John has planned to make his son a partner in his engineering ... See full summary »


William F. Claxton


Herbert Moulton (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Collins ... John Bradford
John Bryant John Bryant ... James W. Bradford
Angie Dickinson ... Alice Greenway Bradford
Katherine Warren ... Dora Bradford
Donald Woods ... Pastor Goodwin
Jon Shepodd Jon Shepodd ... Bob Conners
Stuart Randall ... Rex Barton
Richard Benedict ... Cpl. Burr
Sam Flint ... Roy Calhoun
Ivan Triesault ... Dr. Neuman
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Jimmy Bradford
Mimi Gibson ... Jodie Bradford
Milton Woods Milton Woods ... Kopa, Medical Orderly
Virginia Wave Virginia Wave ... Miss Lane
Vera Francis ... Tem Lane - Secretary


This story opens with John Bradford throwing a graduation party for his son, Jim, who has just earned a degree in engineering. John has planned to make his son a partner in his engineering firm for many years. However, Jim has decided to enter the ministry. He is hesitant to tell his father because he knows his father will be upset. After he tells his father his intentions, his father does all that he can to try to dissuade him from going. But Jim does go away to seminary. Alice, who is John's secretary, has been dating Jim for years. She continues to write him while he attends four years of seminary. When he completes his classes he applies for foreign service and is assigned duty in New Guinea. He has a hard time telling Alice his plans because it would mean that she would have to go with him if they get married. Jim explains that while he was a soldier in WWII he realized that there were millions of impoverished people throughout the world that didn't know about Jesus Christ and he... Written by sandradavisx1

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3 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unfinished Task See more »

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Concordia Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Katharine Warren, who plays the wife of Ray Collins in this film, died six days after him in July 1965. See more »


James W. Bradford: Alice, can you understand that sometimes a man must put aside everything and dedicate himself to a new life? A life to which God has called him
Alice Greenway Bradford: Well I think understand but will your father?
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The Missionary's Father
16 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ray Collins is looking forward to his son, John Bryant, graduating from engineering school. He expects to take him into his partnership. Bryant, however, says that he wants to become a minister. Despite his father's arguments, he does so, is sent as a missionary to New Guinea, and marries Angie Dickinson.

It's hard for me to determine the exact provenance of this movie, with its script by Herbert Moulton, but it's clearly intended as a call to dedication to Christian principles. Although the production looks like little more than a cheap TV drama, it has some impressive talent in its cast and crew. Moulton had whom two writing Oscars for short subjects; Collins, in his final big-screen role (although he would continue for the next five years in William Talman's futile quest to win a case against Raymond Burr's Perry Mason) is fine; Angie Dickinson is appropriately button-down for a minister's wife.

I have remarked in other reviews that faith is a closed book to me. However, I can recognize a well-told story. For those with a real Christian faith, this is a telling work.

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