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Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

 -  Short | Drama | History  -  30 March 1957 (USA)
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This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Fry
Leora Dana ...
Anne Fry
Margery Maude ...
Madam Fry
Richard Striker ...
Robert Fry
Karin Wolfe ...
Caroline Fry
Robert Carroll ...
Charles G. Martin ...
Frederic Warriner ...
Francis Compton ...
George Wythe
Michael Laurence ...
John Randolph
Ralph Sumpter ...
House Jameson ...
William Byrd III
Clarence Derwent ...
Lord Botetourt
John Goodbody ...
The Reverend Mr. Price
Orin M. Bullock Jr. ...


This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The plot follows a fictional Virginia planter, John Fry (Jack Lord), who becomes a member of Virginia's House of Burgesses. Through contact with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other patriots, he gradually loses his ties with the pro-British faction and casts his lot with the rebels. Written by Les Adams <>

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Circa 1977: Two specially-designed theaters in the Information Center are used, utilizing 70 mm projection equipment with six-channel Todd-AO sound. Each print averages 1,250 runs at the two auditoriums , and ten prints are exhausted in the course of 9,000 showings each year. The print is cleaned by hand after each showing. See more »

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This is a wonderful and moving movie...that everyone should see.
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I have season passes to Colonial Williamsburg for the second consecutive year. You may want to know why we would want to spend so much time viewing something that won't and can't change...but it does. It continues to add flavor to our heritage, with ever-changing new additions to view and to participate in...including the award winning movie...The Story Of A Patriot.

This is the story of John Fry, starring Jack Lord who played on Hawaii Five-O for several years. John Fry is a fictional character, but his acquaintances and the things that happened during his time, are right out of our history books.

John and his family are part of the Revolutionary War. This is the war that freed America and made us what and who we are today. It's a very moving story and the end will bring tears to your eyes...tears of joy.

If you get a chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg, see this movie. It's short and it's located in the Visitor's Center.

You can also purchase it in VHS or DVD wide screen. I personally had to settle for the VHS, since I don't care for the wide screen borders that cut the screen on the top and bottom. But if you have a wide screen TV it will do fine :-)

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