A confederate soldier and a union soldier are assigned to keep sentry on a mountain to monitor the movements of the other army. During a snow storm, they decide to share a mountain cabin.

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A confederate soldier and a union soldier are assigned to keep sentry on a mountain to monitor the movements of the other army. During a snow storm, they decide to share a mountain cabin.

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sentry | american civil war | See All (2) »

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16 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Separate Peace
27 February 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's certainly true about Dick Powell in the sense that he saved all the best stories in his various anthology series. This Zane Grey Theater story has a cast of two, Powell and Don Taylor as respectively a Confederate and a Union soldier on picket duty and facing each other on some forgotten outposts in the Civil War.

It's getting kind of cold and the two have the same idea at the exact same time. Make for a mountain cabin a bit up and away from both. When they're finally together they agree to a personal truce.

Snowfall makes it look like they'll be stuck there a spell so the two argue out the problems of what led to this war. Listening to some of the dialog neither one mentions slavery. Still the points both raise have validity. They even hammer out a peace treaty.

All I can say is sad neither one was in the councils of government on either side. Maybe at these conferences representatives of the fighting forces should be there. Even now.

With certain errors in the script Powell and Taylor deliver some first rate performances. And James Whitmore gives a first rate narration.


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