The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.


(as W. Christy Cabanne)


(as W. Christy Cabanne), (novel)

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Cast overview:
Sam De Grasse ...
Silent Smith
Allan Sears ...
David Crockett (as A.D. Sears)
Santa Anna
Alfred Paget ...
Fred Burns ...
John T. Dillon ...
Colonel Travis (as John Dillon)
Old Soldier's Daughter
Tom Wilson ...
Old Soldier


The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.

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21 November 1915 (USA)  »

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The Alamo  »

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Although the participation of Douglas Fairbanks in this film, in an uncredited role as "Joe" / "Texan Soldier" is documented in the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1911-1920, it is based on a reference found in the New York Times 22 November 1915, but not in any review of the film itself. Since Fairbanks was a leading player on the New York stage at this time, and about to make his screen debut as the star of The Lamb (1915), such an uncredited and unidentifiable bit is unlikely, but not impossible. Nowhere in the film is Fairbanks visible today, nor is there any character named "Joe". A Negro servant, obviously an unidentified white actor in black makeup, is prominent in a couple of scenes and might be Fairbanks, just experimenting, anonymously, with working in front of the camera, at the same studio (Fine Arts) for whom he was about to film "The Lamb", but this is a long shot. See more »


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The Birth of Another Nation
10 September 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

With its subtitle "The Birth of Texas" taking up most of the screen, it's obvious "Martyrs of the Alamo" was made to ride the coattails of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), which was already an astonishing success. Mr. Griffith is credited as a supervisor, and it looks like his story ideas and suggestions were taken into account. However, Griffith did not personally direct this knock-off. The creativity of Griffith's work with cameraman Billy Bitzer is not evident. Director Christy Cabanne is good at motioning the cast, but the camera positions are relatively staid.

Still, as the film progresses, you will see some increasingly good movement of personage forward and backward.

Mr. Cabanne would soon find success directing the soon popular Douglas Fairbanks, who appears here in "black-face". As for the story, it's about as historically accurate as you might expect for the time (meaning not very). Like most "war" films, the view is subjective. You wouldn't expect many U.S.-made World War II films to be pro-German, and "Martyrs of the Alamo" is not pro-Mexican. What really hurts is that the fictionalization adds nothing to the characters. Griffith's historical epics made up characters and situations that were much more interesting and entertaining.

One line says it all - "An inveterate drug fiend, the Dictator of Mexico (was) also famous for his shameful orgies."

***** Martyrs of the Alamo (11/21/15) Christy Cabanne ~ Sam de Grasse, Allan Sears, Walter Long, Alfred Paget

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