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The Christophers 

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Series cast summary:
Jack Haley ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1953-1960
Gigi Perreau 3 episodes, 1954-1960
Dean Jagger 3 episodes, 1958-1963
Dolores Hope ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1953-1955
Joe E. Brown 2 episodes, 1955-1964
Robert Young ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1955-1964
Dennis Day ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1955-1963
Ruth Hussey 2 episodes, 1955-1960
Ward Bond 2 episodes, 1955-1958
Bing Crosby ...  Himself - Presenter 2 episodes, 1955-1958
James Cagney ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
John Daly 2 episodes, 1956-1958
Virginia Grey ...  Ann Foster 2 episodes, 1957-1963
Walter Kingsford 2 episodes, 1957
Barbara Stanwyck ...  Herself - Guest Hostess 2 episodes, 1957
Ann Blyth 2 episodes, 1958-1963
Ricardo Montalban 2 episodes, 1960
Don Ameche 2 episodes, 1963-1964
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A tribute to what honest and unpretentious "televangelism" could be
4 September 2008 | by rmbargeSee all my reviews

This series began airing on network TV (ABC) in 1952. I don't know when ABC canceled it, but it is still produced every week and broadcast on cable channels in 18 states as "Christopher Closeup".

The weekly half-hour series featured individuals from various walks of life who used their gifts to make the world a better place. Shows were theme-based, covering topics involving how people translate ideals into everyday life. It was (and is) a definite religiously oriented program -- The Christopers organization was founded by Merryknoll priests -- but it presents largely non-sectarian spiritual values and how they can be used to solve everyday problems. The tagline -- "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness" -- was taken from an ancient Chinese proverb and encapsulates the show's general theme.

Issues addressed are such matters as family life, facing difficult economic situations, looking after the poor and homeless, substance abuse, etc. The thematic material has remained contemporary, including problems like AIDS and meth addiction.

It's a poor comment on modern life and television, when one compares this show to modern televangelism. It has never denigrated other groups or spiritual beliefs, pounded the viewers with requests for money, been involved in scandal, or otherwise failed to live up to the ideals that it espouses.


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