6.0/10
141
9 user 3 critic

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)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Wilson (1944)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The manager of a service agency for the wealthy clashes with - and falls for - an inventor who is seeking funding for a new kind of tractor.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Constance Bennett, Vincent Price, Charles Ruggles
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 18th century Russia,the naive and idealistic lieutenant Chernov meets Empress Catherine the Great who becomes infatuated with him and appoints him Chief of the Imperial Guard.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, Anne Baxter
Action | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Director: Louis King
Stars: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix
Green Hell (1940)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of adventurers head deep into a South American jungle in search of ancient Incan treasure. A beautiful woman, brought to their camp by hired bearers, has come to join her husband, a... See full summary »

Director: James Whale
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett, John Howard
Hudson's Bay (1941)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar
Forever Amber (1947)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.

Directors: Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl
Stars: Linda Darnell, Cornel Wilde, Richard Greene
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After County Attorney Dave Connors helps Julia Norman with her shiftless father, Jefferson Norman, she leaves Jericho, Kansas to college to study for a law degree.A few years later, Algeria... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Anne Baxter
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May
Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price
Brigham Young (1940)
Adventure | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger
The Web (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Ella Raines, Edmond O'Brien, William Bendix
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

MEET G. I. JOE AND THE GIRL HE LOVES! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title refers to an old superstition that those sitting in church of the Eve of St. Mark's Feast Day (April 24) will see ghostly images of all who will die during the coming year. See more »

Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE EVE OF ST. MARK (John M. Stahl, 1944) ***
18 May 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

A good war drama adapted by George Seaton from a literate Maxwell Anderson play is given the typical Fox polish and an experienced director to counter a cast peppered with new young talent (notably Anne Baxter, William Eythe, Michael O'Shea, Henry Morgan and Vincent Price).

Of course, the film was intended as a morale-booster but, thankfully, the propaganda element (usually abetted by racist jibes) is kept at bay here; on the contrary, it strives to depict the characters as normal human beings who are thrust into extraordinary and often painful situations. Still, the expected doses of comedy (supplied by O'Shea) and romance (not only does country-boy Eythe become engaged to neighbor Baxter, but the whole gang gets to entertain a couple of lonely bar-room girls once in uniform) are present and accounted for; incidentally, it is odd seeing Price (looking quite youthful and serving as the butt of his buddies' jokes for his cerebral superiority being offset by perennial pennilessness!) amid this environment.

The last act involves the war action proper, and even this is largely taken up by two of the men (Price included)'s bouts with malaria; the finale, then, sees the squad who had been cornered in a cave effect a fortuitous escape by sea (apparently, the ending of the original play was more downbeat)…followed by the voluntary conscription of Eythe's younger brother. By the way, the title is a reference to an obscure Catholic feast where, it is said, that one can see the figures of those about to die upon entering a church(!) – hence making for an ideal wartime metaphor.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed