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My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, Short, Biography  |  17 February 1951 (USA)
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A panoramic view of American history from the Pilgrims to 1950 utilizing archival footage.


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Credited cast:
Marvin Miller ...
Narrator (voice)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Chester W. Nimitz ...
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 Arnold)
Douglas MacArthur ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General Douglas MacArthur)
Harry S. Truman ...
Himself (archive footage) (as President Truman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thedore Roosevelt
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...


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 (

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17 February 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alarmingly protofascist
30 April 2012 | by (san diego) – See all my reviews

Even given that this was produced in 1950 during the Cold War, this short film is egregious propaganda. It relates our history in terms that invite a comparison with Nazi spin. One would think that the citizens of the USA were some master race. The Indians "moved westward" after their conflicts with the white settlers. The quick look at the Civil War does not even mention slavery. What we're given here is a version of American History that has no relation to reality. Scary stuff. I can heartily recommend this to students of history who want to research the McCarthy era, with its Communist paranoia -- perhaps this is an attempt by Hollywood to fend off the witch hunt and the subsequent blacklisting of many writers and directors.

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