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Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

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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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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. ...
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 March 1957 (USA)  »

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The basic material for the film was put together in a New York City hotel by director George Seaton, producer William H. Wright, and Thad Tate, a Virginia historian and teacher at the College of William and Mary. See more »

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The Story of A Patriot
4 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having been born and raised in Portsmouth, Va, about 50 miles from Williamsburg, I had many opportunities to view this movie while on school field trips when I was young. It has always been an inspiration and I have made sure my children have seen this movie. After having been in the U.S. Air Force and college and moving around the country, my family and I now live in Williamsburg, VA and enjoy the restored colonial town regularly. The movie is a great way to introduce the thoughts and ideas that were spawning just prior to the revolution and to convey the sacrifices that would have to be made by those who supported breaking with England. The films production is first class and the restored film is even easier to view and hear.


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