Days of Glory (1945)



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Like Song of Russia and Mission to Moscow before it, Days of Glory is a paean to the courage and resourcefulness of the Soviet Union during WW2 (this was long before the Russians became the stock villains in Hollywood films!) Producer Casey Robinson took a gamble with the project, casting the leading roles with movie newcomers. Heading the cast is Broadway actor Gregory Peck as Vladimir, the leader of a band of Soviet guerilla fighters. Tamara Toumanova, former premier ballerina of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, costars as Nina, whose love for Vladimir is surpassed by her love for Mother Russia (Toumanova was at the time the wife of producer Robinson). The actors speak in long, lyrical monologues about freedom, sacrifice and the indomitability of the human spirit: fascinating at first, the excess verbiage begins to wear on the viewer after three or four reels. In traditional underground-movie fashion, hero and heroine are obliged to give up their own lives for the sake of their countrymen, in a reasonably spectacular climactic battle sequence. Budgeted at nearly a million dollars, Days of Glory lost heavily at the box-office, though critics and audiences alike were in agreement that Gregory Peck had some potential as a screen presence.
Rating: NR
Genre: Classics , Documentary , Drama , Romance
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur , Giuseppe De Santis , Mario Serandrei , Days of Glory
Written By: Melchior Lengyel , Casey Robinson
In Theaters: wide
RKO Pictures


Gregory Peck
as Vladimir
Tamara Toumanova
as Nina Ivanova
Hugo Haas
as Fedor
Lou Crosby
as Johann Staub
Erford Gage
as Col. Prilenko
Ivan Triesault
as German Lieutenant
Peter Helmers
as Von Rundhol
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Full Review… | May 6, 2009
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Full Review… | August 31, 2007
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August 21, 2007
New York Post
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Full Review… | June 28, 2007
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Full Review… | May 11, 2007
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Full Review… | March 9, 2007
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Days of Glory

this practically unseen tourneur must have gotten buried during the cold war. featuring tourneur's biggest budget, immediately after the success of 'cat people', it's gripping and suspenseful, with great characterizations. gregory peck's debut opposite the 'black pearl' of the russian ballet, tamara toumanova, features a bit too much speechifying but it's a wonderful bit of propaganda all the same

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas


Greg Wood
Greg Wood

61/100. This film is best known for introducing Gregory peck to the world in his film debut. It's a rather awkward World War II propaganda film, it's goal being to rally support of Americans toward our Allies, namely Russia. It is interesting for it's historical perspective, but it is too obvious and too melodramatic. It is moving and has a good production.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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