Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country. Harris discovers enormous hostility to foreigners, as well as the love of a ... See full summary »
China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony ... See full summary »
In Fort Lamy, French Equitorial Africa, idealist Morel launches a one-man campaign to preserve the African elephant from extinction, which he sees as the last remaining "roots of Heaven." ... See full summary »
A young woman (Stanley Timberlake) dumps her fiancée (Craig Fleming) and runs off with her sister's (Roy Timberlake) husband (Peter Kingsmill). They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
Ken Howard who plays Thomas Jefferson previously played the author of the Declaration of Independence in the original cast of the Broadway musical "1776" and then reprised the role in the movie version. See more »
I just saw this film yesterday (May 31, 2010) at the Independence Hall visitors center in Philadelphia. It's still a good short documentary, especially with the part at the end on the transfer of the Presidency from George Washington to John Adams. We take that for granted today. But back then, most successions were a result of heredity following the passing of a monarch, or by a not-so-peaceful coup.
However, it might be worthwhile to remake the film. Several viewers recognized the fact that the director (John Huston) and the narrator (E.G. Marshall) passed away many years ago. Even thought the script itself it still great, viewers might consider the film to be rather dated. In the least, the film needs be restored. It was fuzzy most of the way through.
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