Sermon on Jonah

Orson Welles gives a spell-binding performance as he delivers a sermon at the beginning of the movie Moby Dick (1956). The role of Father Mapple (back in the days when Protestant ministers would often have that title) is based on Father Edward Thompson Taylor, the great Methodist missionary among seamen who was in charge of the Seamen’s Bethel in Boston in the Nineteenth Century.

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2 Responses to Sermon on Jonah

  1. Mack Hall says:

    I still cheered for the whale.

  2. Mack Hall says:

    But then, I enjoyed TITANIC and BRAVEHEART as light-hearted comedies with happy endings.

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