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The First Legion


Charles Boyer, William Demarest, Lyle Bettger, Barbara Rush,

At a Jesuit seminary in California, an aged brother who has been bedridden for years has a holy vision and walks again. While the community celebrates a miracle and pilgrims and souvenir-sellers flock to the seminary, the circumstances arouse a questioning spirit in thoughtful Father Arnoux (Charles Boyer). Made prior to the series of romantic melodramas that defined Douglas Sirk’s reputation, The First Legion is well matched to the director’s sensibility in its combination of sincerity and skeptical distance. The discussion of weighty spiritual matters is leavened by William Demarest as an irreverent monsignor.

Juliet Clark
  • Emmet Lavery
Based On
  • The play written by Emmet Lavery

  • Robert de Grasse
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 86 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Tracy Lavery
Additional Info
  • Preservation funded by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation and the Carl David Memorial Fund for Film Preservation

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Correspondence. The first legion. (correspondence), Emmet Lavery, Emmet Lavery, 1984

Revivals: Douglas Sirk (review), Soho Weekly News, Fred Camper, 1976

Douglas Sirk (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Jon Halliday, 1972

The first legion (program note), M.I.T. Film Society

First legion (article), David Grosz

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