Big Fisherman, The (film) Not a Disney-produced film, but it was brought to the attention of Disney management in 1959, and they decided to release it through their Buena Vista Distribution Company. Based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Directed by Frank Borzage. Howard Keel portrays Simon Peter, the rough and skeptical fisherman of Galilee who eventually becomes Christ’s chief disciple and founder of his church. Also stars Susan Kohner, John Saxon, Martha Hyer, Herbert Lom. Locations included Lake Chatsworth and the Palm Springs area of Southern California. 180 min.