The Salvation Army in the Movies
“Silver Bells” was filmed on location at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and at the Fulton Heights Citadel Corps, both in Grand Rapids, Mich. Antonio Fargas (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Starsky and Hutch”) plays a wise and patient Salvation Army major who helps a popular but self–absorbed TV sportscaster, played by Bruce Boxleitner (“Tron,” “Scarecrow & Mrs. King”), realize the true meaning of Christmas while doing court–ordered community service as a bell ringer.
The film aired on Dish Network’s “UP–TV” from December 18–25 and is available for purchase on DVD.
“The Christmas Candle,” which premiered in theaters nationwide November 22, tells of how, every 25 years, an angel visits a 19th –century English village called Gladbury and touches a single candle. Whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve.
But when a young minister, played by Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans” “Sherlock Holmes”), arrives, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles—good deeds and acts of kindness. At the beginning of the film, Matheson’s character serves food to poor and homeless people alongside Salvation Army officers.
by Warren L. Maye