The Eve of St. Mark (1944)

Genres - Drama, Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama, War Romance  |   Release Date - May 22, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Maxwell Anderson's Broadway play Eve of St. Mark is here brought to the screen by 20th Century-Fox. William Eythe and Anne Baxter are young lovers whose plans for the future are interrupted by the pre-war military draft. Eythe is shipped to the Philippines, where he is trapped on a small and desolate island after reinforcements are called away by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Down but not out, Eythe and his buddies undergo numerous grueling and uplifting experiences. The boy is sustained by Anne's letters from home, which give the courage to persevere. The film ends with the boy's ultimate fate still unresolved, a reflection of the fact that the war was far from over in 1944. Eve of St. Mark features Vincent Price in the uncharacteristic role of a poetic Georgia private.





love-letter, war, morale, soldier, island, love, trapped, suffering, battle [war]