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  THE LOS ANGELES MEETINGS
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There were newsreel films made during the meetings which were shown in Los Angeles theaters. However, the oldest (apparently) surviving footage from the meetings is a brief b&w film (20 ½ minutes) about the fall evangelistic campaign, produced by Grace Films after the end of the meetings and completed in early 1950. This seems to be the only film ever made by Grace Films, which probably was done by some of the members of the Christ for Greater Los Angeles Committee. Clifford Smith, president of the Committee, was the only person besides Graham with a significant speaking part in the film. Also in the film, briefly, are Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and the vocalists Kay Stewart and Ellen Elsner. Stuart Hamblen, James Vaus and Louis Zamperini are briefly referred to. There are several scenes of activities in and around the meeting tent during the campaign. The longest segment (8 3/4 minutes) is an evangelistic sermon preached by Graham directly to the camera, based apparently on his opening sermon of the campaign on September 25. The film was probably intended to be used in churches and elsewhere for evangelistic outreach. This is the earliest known film with a soundtrack of Billy Graham preaching.
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