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Give Me Liberty (1936)

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Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.

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George Washington tries to encourage gifted orator Patrick Henry to use his considerable powers to argue the case for colonial independence before the Virginia House of Burgesses, but the lawmaker's promise to his wife initially deters him. When the political climate changes, she eventually gives her consent, and Henry delivers his rousing "Give Me Liberty" speech to an enthusiastic legislature. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Vitaphone production reels #7766-7767. See more »

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The guests at General Washington's house are shown dancing to Beethoven's "Minuet in G," which was not composed until 1796. In fact, Beethoven was only born in 1770, i.e. five years after the events shown at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Patrick Henry: Cold words like cold food are slow to warm the blood.
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Minuet in G
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…or Give Me Death!
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A short film from the Warner Bros. company, "Give Me Liberty" boasts Technicolor photography as the main attraction. It won an "Academy Award" as the best color short film of the year. This was one of several patriotic themed short films released as bonus historical features; they probably put theater audiences in a good mood. This one features John Litel portraying revolutionary war hero Patrick Henry, who is credited with the rallying cry, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" The line is cemented into the brains of kids who listened to their American history teachers; it perfectly illustrates the passion and determination of the United States founders.

**** Give Me Liberty (12/19/36) B. Reeves Eason ~ John Litel, Nedda Harrigan, George Irving, Robert Warwick


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