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Widmark storms the beach in World War II drama

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:24 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 2:30 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — In honor of Veterans Day, the Princeton Public Library will show a military movie starring former Princeton resident Richard Widmark.

The special Widmark Wednesday event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free.

In the 1951 drama, Widmark portrays a teacher who becomes a Marine lieutenant during World War II. He and his platoon invade a Japanese-held Pacific island, but are harried by snipers and a hidden Japanese rocket launching site. A subplot concerns the migraine headaches that afflict Widmark’s character.

Co-stars include Karl Malden, Richard Boone, Jack Palance, Jack Webb, Reginald Gardiner, Martin Milner, Robert Wagner, in his first credited film role, and former Kewanee resident Neville Brand, who later starred in the TV series “Laredo.”

Widmark, who graduated from Princeton High School in 1932, acted in more than 70 movies from 1947 until 1991.

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