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Uncle Ben / Brigham Young University ; producer-director, David K. Jacobs ; screenplay, David K. Jacobs, 1978-1979

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 4

Scope and Contents

Film was released in 1978 and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. It tells the story of a drunkard who changes his life in order to take care of his neice and nephews after the death of their mother. The collection has two copies of the film, one on videocassete and the other on a film reel. Dated 1978-1979.


  • 1978-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Films are kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearences. Permission to publish material from David Kent Jacobs collection on Mormon films must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collection Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

David Kent Jacobs (1937- ) is a film director, producer, and screenwriter in Utah.

David Kent Jacobs graduated from Weber College with an Associate of Science and completed his Bachelor of Science at Brigham Young University 1961. He was part of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department and was involved in multiple productions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jacobs wrote his Master's thesis on "The History of Motion Pictures Produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" in 1967 to complete his Master's of Arts at Brigham Young University. Afterwards, he achieved his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Utah.

Jacobs worked for the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department for seventeen years and at Nu Skin Enterprises for seventeen years; at both entities he worked as a director and producer for film projects. During his time at the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department he worked on films for both the University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Projects he was involved with include The First Vision, The Mailbox, Uncle Ben, and Curtain Time USA. He was also involved with projects like the satellite broadcast for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' general conference and commercials for Brigham Young University.


1 videocassette

1 film reel

Language of Materials



Filming locations: Brigham Young University, and in the auditorium of American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah.


Cast: Keith M. Engar, Sharon W. Allred, Rachel Jacobs, James Jarnagin, Richard Jarnagin, Jeanette Mortensen, Hal Boynton, Ed Hunsaker, John M. Elzey, Francis L. Urry, R. Craig Costello, Oscar G. Rowland.


Production credits: Director of photography, Reed Smoot; film editor, Peter G. Czerny; music, Merrill C. Jenson; art director, Thomas Pratt.


Based on a true story by Dr. Kenneth McFarland.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US