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The Eve of St. Mark (1944)

Passed | | War, Drama | 22 May 1944 (USA)
Hometown boy Quizz West (William Eythe) is one of fewer than 19,000 draftees in 1940. After being familiarized with his fiancée Janet and him, we find Quizz at a gun position fighting off ... See full summary »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (based on a play by), George Seaton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anne Baxter ... Janet Feller
William Eythe ... Pvt. Quizz West
Michael O'Shea ... Pvt. Thomas Mulveroy
Vincent Price ... Pvt. Francis Marion
Ruth Nelson ... Nell West
Ray Collins ... Deckman West
Stanley Prager ... Pvt. Glinka
Harry Morgan ... Pvt. Shevlin (as Henry Morgan)
Robert Bailey ... Cpl. Tate
Joann Dolan Joann Dolan ... Lill Bird
Toni Favor Toni Favor ... Sal Bird
George Mathews ... Sgt. Ruby
John Archer ... Pvt. Carter
Murray Alper ... Sgt. Kriven
Dickie Moore ... Zip West
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Hometown boy Quizz West (William Eythe) is one of fewer than 19,000 draftees in 1940. After being familiarized with his fiancée Janet and him, we find Quizz at a gun position fighting off the Japanese along the Philippine shoreline. The situation becomes hopeless for Quizz and his fellow gunners and it's either flee or hold their positions and provide cover for escapees. To make his decision, Quizz communes with his mother and Janet through the medium of dreams. Written by John Paul FD Morris

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It Is Astoundingly Frank! It Is Strong...Yet Infinitely Tender! It Is the Greatest Emotional Experience of the War! See more »

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maxwell Anderson's The Eve of St. Mark See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Michael O'Shea, Stanley Prager, George Matthews, Joann Dolan , Joven E. Rola and Toni Favor all reprised their original stage roles in the film. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

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Not fantastic but worth a view.
27 March 2007 | by rleatherSee all my reviews

Run of the mill war time drama centering around the training and combat experiences of a small town farm boy.

The cast of characters are a block of defaults from every war movie ever created. Only the over dramatized, over the top performance of the hugely over written script really lower this into a cinema play of the worst kind.

The scenes in the nightclub when Vincent Price quotes Shakespeare are just dreadful.

First victim of war is Vincent Price's accent. But the time they are going to war he's lost his Southern drawl! Amazingly, the C.O. in Mash turns up when he's in his 20's and HE SOUNDS THE SAME! It's amazing.

Is it worth watching, well... if there's nothing better on. Otherwise, give it a miss.


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