Story of Ruth (1960)
Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem.
This “Story of Ruth” is a well-made film. It contains dramatic moments and tension, and features the main biblical themes of the tale of Ruth, the woman who followed her mother-in-law Naomi, her people and her God. Ruth is well played by Elana Eden, and Peggy Wood is also excellent as Naomi.
The story gives more of the story of Ruth’s life in Moab at the beginning of the film than the Bible does. I am not sure what historical texts they used, but they portray Ruth as a devoted follower of their heathen stone god, a god to whom they offer child sacrifices. However, Ruth meets Mahlon (Tom Tryon) and he tells her of his God who is opposed to death and he shares the 10 Commandments with her. Ruth begins to become interested in Mahlon, as well as in his God.
The story features a few scenes of violence, and eventually Ruth is a widow and travels with Naomi back to Israel, where she meets Boaz (Stuart Whitman). In the film she clashes with him at first but he falls in love with her and he makes sure she has the best of the gleaning fields. They want to be married but must first deal with some complications which threaten their bid for happiness.
The themes of sacrifice, loyalty, and belief in a merciful God are very well portrayed in this movie. We are happy to award “Story of Ruth” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. This one will take you back to biblical times!