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The Good Shepherds


In order to ensure the safety and protection of children of Jewish descent from Nazi soldiers, the local clergy as well as several doctors cooperate with the French Underground in order to hide them.



Air Dates

  • First Run - July 13, 1981
  • Repeat - October 13, 1981





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1 Responses to Episode 1220

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. This WWII story, written by G. Frederick Lewis, is a terrific Drama filled with hope, compassion, and vigilance. All 4 protagonists were supportive to one another and took drastic measures to help those in need. The finale was a letdown. The last scene was well performed, but it felt like the story needed to keep going. There was so much for the characters to do, but so little time. In other words, there should’ve been a 4th ACT where they continue to help the children, develop more characterization as they connect with others, rejoice when the war is over, and rebuild France as they continue their religious obligations. The title is a perfect comparison to describe our main characters. Another way to title it, would be “4 Unsung Heroes.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall narrates Bible verse Matthew 19:14 that compares to what this story is about. In ACT-1, story takes place in Léon, Landes in France and meet 1 main character where he constructs private & personal heroism. In ACT-2, knowing that this is a story of resistance, but know that truth is more terrifying and stranger than fiction. In ACT-3, the underground movement is growing into a network of guardians. But after the finale, the Host speeds up the conclusion with no Resolution about our characters during or after the war. In his Epilogue, note that there were others, like our characters, who have rescued children during the war. Our Host was good, only the narration after the final Act should’ve expanded. Sound effects of the Church Pipe Organs playing, doors pounding, heavy footsteps, people murmuring, machine gun firing, birds chirping, farm animals, bicycle, train whistle, crickets, wagon wheels, phone ringing, machine whirring, tea cups clinking, and car engine running were very supportive. The music was good, but some were repeated, particularly the tune they played right before the Host’s narrations to finish the Acts. But I will say that the best part in this episode, was the cast: Robert Dryden (as Monsignor Jean Auguste and Monsieur Makar), Ray Owens (as Father Rodier and Nazi Officer), Russell Horton (as Reverend Corot and Hanz), and Evie Juster (as Nurse Anne-Marie and Elaine). If this episode was developed as a theater play or shown on a movie screen, I’d love to see these 4 perform their parts. Outstanding job on acting with French & German accents. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)


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