The Christophers are a Christian inspirational group that was founded in 1945 by Father James Keller. The name of the group is derived from the Greek word "christophoros", which means "Christ-bearer." Although the founders were Maryknoll priests of the Roman Catholic orientation, The Christophers preach a doctrine of religious tolerance and intend their publications to be generally relevant to those of all faiths.
The Christophers are based in New York City. Their newsletter, "Christopher News Notes," is published 10 times a year. They have produced a weekly television show ("Christopher Closeup") since 1952, often featuring interviews with or original dramas starring celebrities who appeared without charge for their services. It is these forgotten and in many cases lost films that are of great interest to movie fans.
I found out personally over 15 years ago that the current Christophers office in New York has very few of their early productions. My associate Bob DeFlores contacted them, which resulted in us trading them a high quality video master of their first TV show - You Can Change the World - in exchange for VHS copies of Faith, Hope and Hogan with Bing, Bob Hope and Ben Hogan and a musical special of songs by Mario Lanza, Dennis Day, Bing and others compiled from previous shows.
Jack Waite worked for James Keller for one year, 1966, and wrote down some fascinating memories here. Since Father Keller could only afford to pay him $70 a week to live in New York, he let Jack live in the office, which was against the law, and...
Although still seeking that Jeanette MacDonald episode, to find out what song she really did sing, we have acquired many episodes, including:
You Can Change the World -- the 1952 first episode.
Faith, Hope and Hogan - 1954 with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Phil Harris. This film is on "Golf Mania" DVD.
A Link in the Chain - Rare 1957 TV appearance by James Cagney, who play a retiring professor who looks back on how he helped change three students lives.
Government is Your Business - Based on a book by Father Keller, about how good americans should enter politics to fight corruption.
Let George Do It - 1955, with Danny Thomas, Robert Young and Dennis Day.
All God's Children - Korean war vet (played by Mike Conners) returns home and must decide whether to make a lot of money working for his wealthy father in a meaningless job or find a career path that where he could help change the world.
The Lost and Rare team is working on a formula to restore and release these and similar lost films to the public. You can follow the Christophers' main theme that You can change the world through these clips from the six episodes:
Visit my websites at Festival Films and Lost and Rare.