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Archival Film Festival 2015

In 2015, the Archival Bulletin Board is turning onto a silver screen. Each month of the year we will be displaying a rare film from our vault, all featuring some aspect of the history of Christian evangelism.

Thanks to Bruce Knowlton of Wheaton College's Academic and Media Technology for his invaluable help in putting together this film festival.

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October 2015: Canadian Crusade -
"Not the end but the beginning"

This month's selection in our year-long archival film festival is the 9.5 minute film on Billy Graham's 1955 crusade in Toronto.

Following his two big London crusades in 1954 and '55 (along with evangelistic meetings across western Europe), Billy Graham returned closer to home for his first Canadian crusade since the founding of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 1950. The crusade spanned almost a month from September 18 to October 16. The BGEA estimated the attendance at 356,000 with over 7,400 decisions recorded.

Filmed in Toronto, this motion picture includes his sermon on the Ten Commandments, interior and exterior shots of the crusade venue, the choir and audience, inquirers after Graham's invitation, and scenes of the city.

Though dwarfed in signficance by the London and other European crusades of 1954 and 1955, John Pollock notes in his Billy Graham: the Authorized Biography (1966) that the Toronto Crusade was "notable for the [BGEA] Team's first use of that magnificent hymn of God in creation and grace: "How Great Thou Art." (p.154)

The film (F1 in Collection 141 in the BGC Archives) was directed by Dick Ross and produced by Great Commission Films for the BGEA. While many more films of Billy Graham's crusades are found in Collection 113 and 54, this is the only footage in the BGC Archives of the Toronto Crusade in 1955.

Click here or on any of the frame captures to view the video; (it may take a few moments for the video file to load and begin playing.)


Click here to see all the films in the Film Festival thus far.

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