is an episode of One Step Beyond starring
Bruce Gordon, Pernell Roberts, and H.M. Wynant.
On a battlefield during the first World War, a group of French soldiers experience something which causes them to drop their weapons and walk away from the fight. During their subsequent ...
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On a battlefield during the first World War, a group of French soldiers experience something which causes them to drop their weapons and walk away from the fight. During their subsequent court-martial, each gives his differing account of what he saw, which all seem impossible to believe.Written by
In 1915, four French soldiers are on a routine World War I mission, when they are mesmerized by "The Vision" of a blinding light. The men - Pernell Roberts (as Sergeant Vy), Peter Miles (as Private Marsee), H.M. Wynant (as Private Lacoste), and Jerry Oddo (as Private Mollene) - appear to enter a discombobulated state, and desert their posts. Later, they tell disbelieving superior officers they were responding to a vision; but, the four are quickly charged with "cowardice in the face of the enemy."
Things do not look good for the accused quartet. Their reluctantly assigned defense attorney Bruce Gordon (as Captain Tremaine) states, "I don't like to defend cowards," and prosecutor Richard Devon (as Major Lamarr) is gun-ho. The accused soldiers appear destined for execution, but fate may not be finished with their lives... A good story, albeit choppy, with fine performances from the soldiers. Note how naturally a coin drop is handled by Mr. Roberts. Recommended for the soldiers' characterizations.
****** The Vision (3/24/59) John Newland ~ Pernell Roberts, Peter Miles, H.M. Wynant
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