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


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Marvin Miller ...
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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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: As the widening circle of death spread over Hiroshima, the Atomic Age was written into the history of Man.
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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 Young America Flies (1940) See more »

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My Country 'Tis Of Thee (N/A, 1950) ***
30 July 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This Oscar-nominated 20-minute short (also included on the CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER [1951] DVD) is basically a crash-course in American history – from the days of the pilgrims through the acquisition of Independence, the Western expansion, the Civil War, and going up till the then-recent two World Wars. Needless to say, it has a strong propagandist feeling – generally depicting the American people as industrious and upholders of justice (opting, for obvious reasons, to by-pass such despicable social scourges as gangsterism and racial hatred), while constantly namedropping famous figures which have left their mark in the country’s development from a British colony to supreme world-power over the centuries. Mind you, it’s all quite interesting (though there was little even I wasn’t familiar with) and certainly entertainingly deployed; incidentally, given that the film is mostly made-up of stock footage (even the ‘staged’ scenes), no directorial credit has been attached to it!

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