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Prejudice(1949)

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Actress Anne Nagel's surname is incorrectly spelled "Nagle" in the onscreen credits. According to Look, the Protestant Film Commission, which represented nineteen major denominations and thirteen interdenominational agencies, was formed in the mid-1940s "as part of the Churches' effort to use mass media of communication to promote Christian living." Prints of the film, which was the Protestant Film Commission's first to be exhibited theatrically, were sold outright. The film also had a non-theatrical release, opening in 100 churches in the U.S. and Canada on October 18, 1949, according to Hollywood Reporter. The film showed at Town Hall in New York and in London. The Protestant Film Commission planned twelve pictures for the next two years dealing with Japan's internal struggle, alcoholism, mental health, marital incompatibility and adjusting to bereavement, according to Look. Although Variety notes that New World Films and producer Edmund L. Dorfmann were connected to the film, and the 1950 Film Daily Year Book lists the film as a New World release, the company was most likely involved only in the state rights distribution of the film.
       Variety criticized this film, stating it "suffers from punching too hard, too directly and too repetitiously. The story elements are developed without plausibility, serving only as an obvious peg for several long sermons which are used as a substitute for dramatic situations. General production values also suffer paradoxically from a slickness which lessens the impression of sincerity." Daily Variety predicted that the film "will prove acceptable fare in churches, clubs, schools, etc. When it comes to selling it to theatres, however, distributors will likely bump into the answer 'another film which tries to capitalize on intolerance.'"