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
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Williamsburg-area residents were employed as extras. When enough could not be found, director George Seaton went to a nearby mental institution (Eastern State Hospital of Virginia) and proposed using selected patients. Psychiatrists thought this would be excellent therapy, so some thirty inmates appeared in the film without incident. In appreciation for the participation of its patients and staff, the premiere of the film was held at the Eastern State Hospital of Virginia in early 1957. See more