The Miracle of Salt Lake was the creation of director Basil Wrangell (1906-1977), a Russian born in Italy whose American movie career spanned the 1920s through the ‘70s. He came to The Miracle of Salt Lake a year after being nominated for an Oscar for his film editing work on The Good Earth.
The Miracle of Salt Lake was really more of a pageant than a movie. There were no speaking roles among the actors – a narrator told the story of the Mormon pioneers as the camera cut from one dramatic scene to another, swept along by a passionate musical score. And what a vast amount of history was covered in those 11 minutes! The skillful narrator was Carey Wilson, a voice actor who is probably better known for his writing credit on such movies as Ben Hur and Mutiny on the Bounty.