Hell, why not? We have Scare Films about drugs, atomic attacks, highway safety, and sex hygiene, so why not some good old-fashioned Protestant propaganda about the Big G Himself.
As becomes quickly obvious, Christian teens are living, breathing, walking loaves of Wonder Bread. All are so gosh-darned polite and drink a lot of milk, at least so sayeth the following three Family Films presentations offered here. It’s sort of like Leave It to Beaver meets Jesus Christ. So do as these Christian Youths do and get yourself saved!
Appropriately, this volume begins with a real religious rarity: A Preview of Teenage Crusade is a 12 minute trailer promoting the whole series of Family Films’ Christian Youth shorts -- "to help you have a dynamic Teenage Crusade in your church" -- in which the Rev. Donald R. Lantz hosts clips from Teenagers’ Parents, Teenage Code, Teenage Loyalty, Teenage Testament, Called to Serve, and, yes, Teenage Crusade. It’s the perfect tool against Teenage Devil Worshippers in your community!
Then, in Teenage Conflict (1960), close-cropped, basement-dwelling electronics buff (and marbles champion) Joe starts wondering how the theories of God can co-exist with those of his beloved science: "Things in the Bible don’t make sense anymore, not when you look at ’em scientifically!" Choosing science over the Lord, Joe attempts to sway his folks to his side by inviting a prominent scientist over for supper which worries Mom and Dad HAYDEN RORKE (Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie!): "How can a man with a mind like that be so blind to the very Creator Himself?" But -- oops! The plan backfires and God wins!
Teenage Witness (1959) finds close-cropped locksmith buff Terry asked by tough heathen classmate Rod (Lost in Space’s MARC GODDARD) to teach him the key-making trade for obvious, less-than-holy purposes. But Terry (who’s nicknamed "Holy Joe") appeals to Rod’s good side by buying him a Bible and getting Rod to attend a Christian Youth group. Yup, God wins again! "I finally got hep to a lot of things I should’a known," says the future Irwin Allen T