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Days of Glory(1944)

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The working title of this picture was Revenge. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Days of Glory was selected as the final title through a national poll of screen fans. The film opens with the following spoken prologue: "Here is the true story, which could have happened in any land, of a little group of free people who lived and loved and fought to drive the invaders from their native soil." The title of the film is then followed by pictures of the cast members with their names and roles. The narration continues over these pictures, providing a brief sketch of each character. The complete production credits do not appear until the end of the film.
       This picture marked the screen debut of Gregory Peck (1916-2003), who did not make a favorable impression on the audience, according to an item in New York Times. Although the onscreen credits state that film marked the debut for several actors in addition to Peck, Days of Glory was the first feature length film production for actors Alan Reed, Lowell Gilmore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Vernon, Edward Durst, Lou Crosby and Russian ballerina Tamara Toumanova. Maria Palmer, Dena Penn and Igor Dolgoruki had previous feature film credits; however, Days of Glory marked their first major film roles. It was also the first producing credit for screenwriter Casey Robinson, who was married to Toumanova, and the first "A" level production for director Jacques Tourneur. According to news item in Hollywood Reporter, the film was shot on location in Cedar City, UT. Production was suspended on August 18, 1943 so that Robinson could revise the script. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Special Effects.