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Movies: "King of Kings" Criticized by New York Minister

Nov. 5, 1961 - The Rev. A. DeWitt Mallary Jr., vicar of St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Chapel in New York City, took issue in his sermon today with an endorsement of the motion picture “King of Kings” issued recently by the Protestant Council of the City of New York. The clergyman called the film “bad art and bad religion” and expressed the hope that a “bad box office will bring to an end this type of Biblical corn that poses pretentiously as inspirational and religious moviemaking.” The film has received mixed reviews. Time magazine wrote a negative review describing the film as "incontestably the corniest, phoniest, ickiest, and most monstrously vulgar of all the big Bible stories Hollywood has told in the last decade.”


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