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Journey Into Faith (1943) High priest Caiaphas hasdetermined he can no longer ignore the importance of Jesus'growing popularity and stirs the Sanhedrin to act. Rabbi tofellow Sanhedrin: 'We dare not move openly. Our spies havetried to force Him to declare by what authority he doesthese things. Each time He has sensed their purpose andanswered them in parables and questions. Caiaphas hasordered that trusted men be sent into every village. We areto see that they are well supplied with money. They are toquestion the people until they find witnesses that willserve our purpose.' Sheep merchant Cleopas is discovered tobe a secret follower and is ordered to appear at the Temple.He is questioned and warned by the chief rabbi: 'You aretraveling a dangerous road. Our laws and our temple will bestanding long after the teachings of this wandering prophethave been forgotten.' Later Cleopas learns of Jesus' trialand wants to do something. He and a co-follower seek helpfrom Joseph of Arimethea, known to have influence with theSanhedrin and the only friend of Jesus that will be at thetrial. Joseph, too, is stunned at how swiftly events areunfolding and ironically predicts: 'In the first place, theSanhedrin cannot sit in trial in the night. Secondly, ifthey did, they cannot pass sentence on him. And finally,they cannot under any circumstances try him on the eve of afestival. Such a judgment would mean only the shedding ofinnocent blood .' The third act is a beautifully filmed andfaithful reenactment of Jesus' reappearance before the twomen on the road to Emmaus, as recorded in Luke 24: 13-33.Producer James K. Friedrich's son, James, Jr., appears as ayoung shepherd who talks about having witnessed the arrestof Jesus and the fleeing of the disciples. Friedrich,founder of Cathedral Films, was inspired to move toHollywood in 1936 on a mission to make films that wouldteach the Gospel and minister to the church. There he metthe creative talent that became his collaborative team formany years to come, including veteran Hollywood directorIrving Pichel ( Most Dangerous Game ), and a budding youngfilmmaker named John T. Coyle, who had gained skills atfilmmaking in part by working on cliff-hanging movie serialsfor Republic Pictures' like Undersea Kingdom and Dick Tracy. Coyle directed Journey Into Faith.