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Widmark leads Navy crew in World War II escape film

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 12:38 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON – The next Widmark Wednesday movie finds Richard Widmark's character being forced to improvise an escape plan for Navy meteorologists after Japanese planes attack their outpost during World War II.

The film begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Princeton Public Library. Admission is free.

In the 1953 military adventure film, Widmark plays a boatswain's mate reluctantly assigned to a Navy weather station in the Gobi desert.

After the station is bombed, the captain killed, the radio destroyed, and the men left stranded, Widmark leads the survivors on a difficult 800-mile desert trek toward the sea, menaced by Japanese cavalry and treacherous Chinese traders.

Mysterious Mongolian horsemen may be the only hope for the sailors, who fear they can't be trusted.

A 1932 graduate of Princeton High School, Widmark acted in more than 70 movies from 1947 until 1991.

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