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The First Legion (1951) & Journey Into Light (1951)

March 14, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “UCLA Festival of Preservation.”

The First Legion (1951)
Directed by Douglas Sirk.

All is not well in the hushed spaces of Jesuit Saint Gregory’s Seminary, a Jesuit institution whose leasers obsess over the possible canonization of their founding figure, “Blessed Joseph,” while younger initiates yearn for greater meaning. But when bedridden Father Sierra leaves his sickbed after several years, the rush of devotion following this miracle seems to bring everyone’s wish closer, save for a progressive-minded priest and a doctor (and divinity school dropout) harboring doubts.

Production: Sedif Pictures Corp. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Producer: Douglas Sirk. Screenwriter: Emmet Lavery. Based on the play The First Legion by Emmet Lavery. Cinematographer: Robert de Grasse. Music: Hans Sommer. Cast: Charles Boyer, William Demarest, Lyle Bettger, Barbara Rush, Leo G. Carroll.

35mm, b/w, 86 min.

Followed by
Journey Into Light (1951)
Directed by Stuart Heisler.

John Barrows, a New England clergyman, loses his faith when his alcoholic wife commits suicide. Despondent, he moves to Los Angeles, where he begins drinking heavily—ending up on skid row and eventually in the drunk tank. However, a mission preacher and his blind daughter decide to save him. Produced independently by Joseph Bernard Productions, Journey into Light is one of Hollywood’s rare forays into religious filmmaking.

Production: Bernhard Productions, Inc. Distribution: 20th Century-Fox. Producer: Joseph Bernhard. Screenwriters: Stephanie Nordli, Irving Shulman. Cinematographer: Elwood Bredell. Editor: Terry Morse. Music: Paul Dunlap, Emil Newman. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Viveca Lindfors, Thomas Mitchell, Ludwig Donath, H. B. Warner.

35mm, b/w, 87 min.

In-Person: Barbara Rush.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 14, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States