The First Legion (1951)





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Since its lapse into public domain in 1978, First Legion has joined Love Affair and Algiers as the most readily available of Charles Boyer's films. Boyer plays Fr. Marc Arnoux, the head of St. Gregory's seminary, who can never quite shake the feeling that he shouldn't have given up his career as an attorney. His fellow Jesuit priests likewise occasionally question their calling, especially crotchety Msgr. Michael Carey (William Demarest). One by one, however, the priests are won over by various "miracles" visited upon them. Barbara Rush co-stars as a crippled girl who indirectly benefits from the priests' renewed faith. The First Legion was produced and directed with surprising restraint by Douglas Sirk.
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Barbara Rush
as Terry Gilmartin
Leo G Carroll
as Fr. Paul Duquesne
Wesley Addy
as Fr. John Fulton
George Zucco
as Fr. Robert Stuart
Charles Boyer
as Father Marc Arnoux
William Demarest
as Monsignor Michael Carey
Taylor Holmes
as Fr. Keene
John McGuire
as Fr. Tom Rawleigh
H.B. Warner
as Fr. Jose Sierra
Molly Lamont
as Mrs. Gilmartin
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Dunn
Lyle Bettger
as Dr. Peter Morrell
Queenie Smith
as Henrietta
Walter Hampden
as Fr. Edward Quarterman
Clifford Brooke
as Lay Brother
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The seminary fascinates Sirk more as a secluded societal institution than a religious one

Full Review… | February 6, 2010

... too chatty.

Full Review… | August 27, 2006
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