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The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross (1927)

George Washington, commander of revolutionary American forces, ends a squabble among the colonies as to under which flag the Americans will fight the British by recommending a new flag for ... See full summary »

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George Washington, commander of revolutionary American forces, ends a squabble among the colonies as to under which flag the Americans will fight the British by recommending a new flag for all the colonies. He asks Betsy Ross to design and create the first flag. Meanwhile, British officer Brandon has crossed enemy lines in order to visit secretly his wife, who boards in the same house as Betsy Ross. Ross helps Mrs. Brandon hide her husband, but then Washington himself discovers the hidden enemy and must decide whether love or the rules of war shall prevail. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Short | Drama | History

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1 October 1927 (USA)  »

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Great Events #1: The Flag  »

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(2002 restored)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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First release in the 'Great Events' series of 2-reel historical dramas. See more »

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The on-screen copyright year, appears as MCMXXII instead of MCMXXVII. See more »

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Followed by The Heart of General Robert E. Lee (1928) See more »

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Satisfying short spotlights early use of Technicolor...
19 September 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE FLAG tells the simple story of how George Washington asked Betsy Ross to design a new flag for the young country. It also features a sub-plot involving a British officer who is spy, seeking shelter under Betsy Ross' roof. Washington's dilemma is whether to reveal the spy who is in love with one of Ross' boarders, or to let true love run its course.

That's about it for whatever story has been woven about the making of the first American flag. It's a short whose main attraction is the use of early two-strip Technicolor that appears more muted than the three-strip kind that came later. TCM is showing it with an appropriate musical score for the background.

Probably you're only chance to see FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN (of "Ben-Hur" fame) in color, as George Washington.


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