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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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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 into March On, America! (1942) See more »

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Written by Samuel Francis Smith (music) and Henry Carey (lyrics attributed)
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The need for those rights to be codified
9 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A nice docudrama on the adaption of the first ten amendments to the Constitution would highly be in order as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison played a big part in that which occurred in 1789-1790 in the First Congress. But this is not the film for that. In fact only the last couple of minutes deal with that.

What we do see is the beginning of the rebellion as seen from the point of view of Virginia with the House of Burgesses defying the British royal governor Dunsmore as played by Moroni Olsen. The events aren't as dramatic as what was going on in Massachusetts, but the point is made that the fate of Massachusetts and those Puritan types in that colony could be that of the Virginia cavalier plantation owner people whom Jefferson and Madison represent. True then as it is today that Americans come from a variety of life experience.

The Bill Of Rights is a pleasant enough film which expresses the need for those rights to be codified. But not hardly the history of how they came to be in our Constitution.


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