A panoramic view of American history from the Pilgrims to 1950 utilizing archival footage.


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Cast overview:
Narrator (voice)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Himself (archive footage) (as Admiral Nimitz)
George S. Patton ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General Patton)
George C. Marshall ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General George Marshall)
Himself (archive footage) (as General Eisenhower)
Henry H. Arnold ...
Himself (as General 'Hap' Arnold)
Himself (archive footage) (as General Douglas MacArthur)
Harry S. Truman ...
Himself (archive footage) (as President Truman)


Using archival footage from Technicolor shorts and features as well as newsreels, the sweep of major events of American history is condensed into this two-reeler. The landing of the Pilgrims, the Revolution, the Civil War, continental expansion, the Monroe Doctrine, the Gold Rush, the Spanish American War, both World Wars, and the creation of the U.N. are among the many topics touched on. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

17 February 1951 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The DVD version apologizes for any ethnic stereotypes that may appear in the film. See more »


The narration claims that the plane carrying the first atomic bomb took off from Okinawa. This statement is incorrect - it took off from Tinian in the Marianas. See more »


Narrator: Hitler had said no bomb will ever fall on German soil, but they were falling like rain and like thunder.
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Crazy Credits

Credited narrator Marvin Miller identifies the remaining credited cast members as they appear on screen, See more »


Edited from The Monroe Doctrine (1939) See more »

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A must see
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this short on the "Horatio Hornblower" DVD. I have to say this is a great short history lesson about the United States.

They should show this to school children today. I must see to fuel your love of country.

I would hate to see how todays Hollywood would take this short and make it into a "see how bad we are and were" video.

Please clean this gem up. You can see the film pop and skip. A good cleaning would make this look fantastic.

The disclaimer at the start is crazy. Why make apologies for the way they lived or thought at that time. Nothing is this short is in anyway offensive unless the viewer wants to hate America.

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