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The Bill of Rights (1939)

Approved | | Short, Drama, History | 19 August 1939 (USA)
This short subject is a lavish costumed color production which dramatizes the birth of the American Bill of Rights. It depicts leading political figures of the American Revolution and the ... See full summary »

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James Madison
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Royal Governor Dunmore (as Moroni Olson)
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Moreland
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Thomas Jefferson
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Colonel George Mason
Raymond Brown
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Richard Henry Lee
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This short subject is a lavish costumed color production which dramatizes the birth of the American Bill of Rights. It depicts leading political figures of the American Revolution and the despotic British colonial rule which led to the creation of the Bill of Rights. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Technicolor Classics (1938-1939 season) #7: The Bill of Rights  »

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Vitaphone production reels #9300-9301. See more »

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Edited from Give Me Liberty (1936) See more »

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Written by Samuel Francis Smith (music) and Henry Carey (lyrics attributed)
Performed by studio orchestra
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WB's publicity department never missed an opportunity.
18 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The world premiere (most shorts never had one) of this Vitaphone Technicolor featurette was held on August 31, 1939 at The National Conference of Christians and Jews at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Warner's also arranged for a national radio broadcast of the events over the NBC Blue network, with many of the company's stars (including some big-names who weren't in this short) participating via a hook-up to the Los Angeles NBC studio.

Actually, considering the events going on in Europe at the time, the National Conference of Christians and Jews was exactly the right place to premiere this short. Those with short and/or selective memories and revisionist inclinations may disagree. That's okay. The Bill of Rights gives them that privilege.


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