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The Close of the American Revolution (1912)

It is a strange coincidence that the beginning of the American struggle for Independence should begin with a famous ride and that the closing days of that heroic struggle should bring forth... See full summary »
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Mrs. Thomas Jefferson
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Colonel Tarleton
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Jack Jouett - an American Patriot
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Patrick Henry (as William Sheerer)
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It is a strange coincidence that the beginning of the American struggle for Independence should begin with a famous ride and that the closing days of that heroic struggle should bring forth another ride that history has almost failed to recognize. No great poem has been written to make the name of Jack Jouett ring down through the ages as does that of Paul Revere. Nevertheless Jouett's ride should take its place amongst the great rides of the world for to him alone is due the lives of such men as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Lee. Even the grave where this young hero lies is naked and unknown. Charlottesville was the capital of Virginia for only one week after Richmond was named by the British, and the State Legislature was held by them in an old tavern, only a few miles from Monticello, Jefferson's home. This fact soon came to the attention of Cornwallis, who determined at once to strike a strong blow to the cause of the colonists by sending Colonel Tarlton and his daring men ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 July 1912 (USA)  »

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United States History Series #9: The Close of the American Revolution  »

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Marc McDermott received spontaneous applause as Jefferson
14 December 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very good film, perhaps the best in the Edison Company's fine series of historical pictures. The British general, Tarlton, is proposing to ride quickly with his cavalry to Charlotteville, Va., where the Virginia Assembly is in session, and capture it together with Thomas Jefferson. We see him and his finely mounted troopers start out along the roads. But a patriot, on a superb mount, knows his purpose and makes a dash across country. This gives beautiful (the photograph work is all fine) views of Virginia hills, meadows, farms and woodland. Included is a view of "Monticello." The final scene is the surrender of Cornwallis, the "close of the Revolution." Marc McDermott received spontaneous applause as Jefferson. He deserved it on artistic grounds, but it was started by a good Democrat. A little later, Chas. Ogle, as George Washington, received an ovation. Benjamin Wilson, as the patriot who brought the news, is an excellent rider. Richard Niel plays the British general, Tarlton. It is a big picture full of figures. The audience received the picture with great favor. The owner of the theater expressed high approval of it. The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. It is well made, well acted, and well photographed. It ought to have special music, but it will go without any at all. - The Moving Picture World, July 20, 1912


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