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The Flag of Humanity (1940)

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This 'Special' entry from the Warners/Vitaphone shorts department is less the story of Clara Barton, and more the story of how Clara Barton helped further the cause of the Red Cross in the ... See full summary »

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John Hamilton ...
Gen. James Garfield
Ted Osborne ...
Dr. Bellows (as Ted Osborn)
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This 'Special' entry from the Warners/Vitaphone shorts department is less the story of Clara Barton, and more the story of how Clara Barton helped further the cause of the Red Cross in the United States and the birth of the American Red Cross. Barton went through many trials and setbacks before she succeeded. This short, as was all Warners' shorts, was made for the express purpose of theatrical release and not as something made with the school market in mind. Many of their 'Historic America' shorts were later made available for school showings. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Vitaphone production reels #9889-9890. See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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Mediocre, at best
1 January 2006 | by (Las Flores, CA) – See all my reviews

Maybe a thoughtful concept, but the execution was mediocre at best. The direction was stiff, the script overly sentimental, and the players over-acted by a country mile. The dialog was out of a Hallmark greeting card--sappy and affectatious. Tremendous dramatic license was obviously taken.

I really had difficulty finding anything redeeming about it, and my vote (of 5) was generous, to say the least.

Made by Warners, surely they could have turned the idea over to their script department and given it some real flesh--the idea really deserves to be a feature length film as the story is one we are familiar with, and the characters are historical. Perhaps in the hands of MGM or Paramount, who had a much better sense of history, it could have had more merit.


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