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My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950)

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:
Narrator (voice)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Himself (archive footage) (as Admiral Nimitz)
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: 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 Give Me Liberty (1936) See more »

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Nice, Quick Look at American History
15 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated Technicolor short from Warner takes a look at various historical events in America's history including all the wars fought up to 1950, the landing of the Pilgrams, the Indians moving out West, the Star Spangle Banner being written and various other things. MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE isn't a complete winner but I think history buffs should get a few kicks out of it. I'd also add that this here would probably be a great short to show young kids because you get a pretty quick look at the various historical things for America but I'm sure this being in color would help hold their interests as well. I thought for the most part this was entertaining, although I'm sure history buffs might object to a few of the things including how "kindly" the Indians moving was when in fact they were treated quite unfair. I'm sure many people would laugh over the reasonings behind the Civil War here. Obviously certain things have been toned down but overall the short is still worth viewing.

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