Honor Thy Family: The Family Films Collection
A cast of familiar faces adds fun to this 1950’s comedy-drama. The plot concerns an immigrant Italian father, Luigi Bianco, a junk dealer, and his son learning to respect and appreciate each other. The script is a charming blend of the prodigal son of Luke 15 and the “Honor thy father and mother” message of Ephesians 6:2.
The father, Luigi Bianco, is played by veteran character actor Tito Vuolo. Vuolo often popped up in countless films and TV shows during the 1950’s and 60’s typecast as the Italian barber, baker, banker, grocer, waiter, shop owners, etc.
** Producer S.M. Hershey NEVER EXISTED! The actual producer of this film was Family Films founder Sam Hersh.
Here to explain this curious conundrum are three fascinating excerpts from CELLULOID SERMONS: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry (1930 to 1986); Authors: Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke; New York University Press
“In the 1930s, Sam Hersh had been, among other things, a real estate magnate, entrepreneur, and bootlegger. As regards Christian films, the most important thing about him was that he was Jewish.”
“When Sam Hersh founded Family Films in 1948, he was not thinking of producing “Christian films,” but rather films for the whole family. According to the historian Harvey Marks, “Hersh was not a Christian when he founded the company; he was an opportunist. But he became a Christian and began to produce films with a strong Christian message.”
“In the early 1950’s, Hersh would identify himself with his nom de plume, S.M. Hershey, in such films as “Speak No Evil (1950) and Rim of the Wheel (1951, with Gail Storm) so that none of his Hollywood associates would discover that he was making religious films.”
Release Date: (DVD) August 15, 2014
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