Mark Douglas is the illegitimate son of Charles Douglas and Stephanie Durossac, who are the leaders of the rebellion against British rule in Quebec in 1937. Stephanie is now married to a loyalist Colonel in the service of the British, whom she married to give Mark a name, thinking that Charles was dead. Written by
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Patric Knowles and son John Drew Barrymore lead a rebellion against the British in Quebec
"Quebec" is a Hollywoodized version of the Lower Canada Rebellion or Patriots' War. This means that it's actually a simplified movie story, fictional in nearly all respects, that uses the historical rebellion as a setting. As a fictional story, it is nothing special. It is of interest mainly to fans of Hollywood-type adventure yarns or those who enjoy seeing old Paramount movies in technicolor and seeing the old stars go through their paces.
In the story, Corinne Calvet is the mother of Barrymore by Knowles, but she's married to the cruel British commander of the Quebec fort set on a high bluff. Barrymore doesn't know she's his mom. The story shows the battles and the attempts of the much weaker Canadian assembly of commoners to overcome the entrenched British military presence. The story also focuses on the Barrymore-Calvet relationship and on a bit of romance of Barrymore with Barbara Rush.
It's done fairly well without a big budget. It holds one's attention. Some of the night battle scenes are quite dark and hard to make out. Knowles, an accomplished player, carries his part. Barrymore displays naiveté of his character and then leadership qualities. Calvet speaks in English with her heavy French accent; she's a reliable player.
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