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The Birth of the Star Spangled Banner (1914)

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Captain Potter
Charles Sutton ...
President Madison
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Carlton S. King ...
Dr. Beanes (as Carlton King)
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Helen Beanes
Harry Linson ...
Richard Tucker ...
Lieutenant Cusack
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Major Armistead
Warren Cook ...
General Strickler
Joseph Manning ...
Admiral Cockleith (as Joe Manning)
Saul Harrison ...
Captain Skinner
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The Physician
Richard Neill ...
Aide to General Ross
Duncan McRae ...
Aide to General Ross
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28 August 1914 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Oh, Say, Can You See This Movie?
6 February 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Francis Scott Key is charged with hiding the Declaration of Insependence when the British invade Washington in the War of 1812. He also gets to write the national anthem in this poor movie.

It's a common fault of movies made to celebrate historical events: the standard images must be shown and there must not be the smallest doubt as to what the audience is looking at in a sponsored film. That's the only reason I can think of as to why the Edison Studio, which a couple of years earlier had been producing the most nearly title-free movies in the business, with its own style of editing, was now producing a movie like this, in which there is little in the way of telling a story by acting or moving a camera. Title after title could have been removed from the screen, replaced by a more revealing angle, but no one seemed to have thought of it.

I had hoped to gain a glimpse of Hsrry Beaumont, who became a great director for MGM, but he is credited as one of three aides to the tyrannical English general; I have no idea which one he is. The rest of the movie is of little more note, full of things that might have been done to interest the viewer but were not.


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