How appropriate that the Keyser Kiwanis Club will be hosting a showing of the movie “A Man Called Peter” at the Indie on Main in a few weeks.

By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
How appropriate that the Keyser Kiwanis Club will be hosting a showing of the movie “A Man Called Peter” at the Indie on Main in a few weeks.
The story of pastor Peter Marshall was written by his wife, Catherine Wood Marshall, who grew up in Keyser and whose father was pastor of the Presbyterian Church from 1924-1942.
At that time, the Presbyterian Church was located where Living Faith Fellowship is now - right next door to the Indie (formerly the Keyser Theater).
Catherine Wood met Peter Marshall when she was a junior at Agnes Scott College, a private woman’s college in Atlanta, Georgia. They married in 1936, and moved to Washington, D.C., where he pastored a Presbyterian church and also served as chaplain for the U.S. Senate.
The Marshalls had a son, Peter J. Marshall, and when the father Peter died of a heart attack in 1949, she was left to raise their then 9-year-old as a single parent.
Two years after Peter Marshall’s death, Catherine wrote the biography, “A Man Called Peter,” which met with much success and was adapted into a film in 1955.
The film “A Man Called Peter” also met with great success, and was nominated that year for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
The movie stars Richard Todd as Peter Marshall, and Jean Peters as Catherine, and follows the pastor from his modest upbringing in Coatbridge, Scotland, to his service to the church, family life and ultimate appointment as chaplain to the Senate, until his untimely death at age 46.
Catherine, after having met with such success in writing her first book, went on to write the novel “Christy,” which was inspired by her mother’s early life teaching poor children in Appalachia.
“Christy” was turned into a short-lived television series in the early 1990s.
Catherine later remarried, to Leonard LeSourd, who edited Guideposts magazine for many years.
She passed away in 1983, at the age of 68, and was buried along side her first husband Peter at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland.
When the Keyser Kiwanis Club brings “A Man Called Peter” to the Indie on April 7 and 8, viewers will find themselves steeped in history as they sit in the old Keyser Theater to watch the film that got its start in the pages of a book written by someone who spent her young days growing in faith in the church next door.
And, in the process, those who attend the viewings will be helping the community, as the Kiwanis Club will be pouring the proceeds back into the various youth-oriented programs they sponsor in Keyser and the surrounding area.
Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and are now available at the Chessie Federal Credit Union, Reed’s Drug Store, the Royal Restaurant, and at the Indie, as well as from any Kiwanis Club member.