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John Wesley (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 20 April 1954 (USA)
When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but... See full summary »


Norman Walker


Lawrence Barrett (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... John Wesley
Gerard Lohan Gerard Lohan ... Wesley as a Child
Neil Heayes Neil Heayes ... Wesley as a Student
Keith Pyott ... Rev. Samuel Weslwy
Curigwen Lewis Curigwen Lewis ... Susannah Wesley
John Witty John Witty ... Peter Bohler
Derek Aylward Derek Aylward ... Charles Wesley
Patrick Barton Patrick Barton ... George Whitefield
John Slater ... Condemned Man
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Beau Nash
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Trustee of Georgia
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Trustee of Georgia
Horace Sequeira Horace Sequeira ... Trustee of Georgia (as Horace Sequiera)
Sidney Monckton Sidney Monckton ... Trustee of Georgia (as Sydney Moncton)
Erik Chitty ... Trustee of Georgia


When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but disapproves of concern within the church over the social position of the clergy. He concerns himself more with the common people and with individual religious experiences. He tries to accomplish his purposes by remaining within the church but the methodical way in which he and his followers go about their duties soon sets them apart as a special group jeeringly called Methodists. (Produced by the Radio and Film Commission of the Methodist Church in cooperation with J. Arthur Rank.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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26 April 2009 | by bob-97See all my reviews

I love this film! Major studio productions of the lives of Christians are often inaccurate and painful to watch. This isn't.

Wesley is not most famous simply for founding Methodism - rather, his claim to fame is as a powerful revivalist and evangelist. Like Whitefield, Finney, Moody and the like he was greatly used by God to bring challenge, salvation and blessing to thousands of lost souls.

The scriptwriter Lawrence Barrett had an invaluable source for his material - Wesley's own published journal. Many Christian viewers will recognise the scenes in the film - using word-for-word reproductions from Wesley's own recollections.

I was moved to tears during two of the scenes depicted - one when Wesley was a member of a congregation in a chapel and a later one involving the resolution of an earlier issue concerning a highwayman. In contrast there was a hilarious scene involving the reaction of some church members to one of his sermons (the reference "riff-raff" may identify this for you if you've seen the picture!).

If you are a Bible-believing Christian I would heartily recommend this film to you, and I thank God for those responsible for its production for not compromising or watering down the gospel.

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