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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 Madame DuBarry (1928) See more »

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Pretty Good
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Flag, The (1927)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

2-strip Technicolor short from MGM has George Washington (Francis X Bushman) trying to talk Betsy Ross (Enid Bennett) into creating a flag for the country. This was one of several historical shorts MGM made during this period but I believe most of them are now lost. There's nothing overly special about the film but the use of 2-strip Technicolor makes it of interest for film buffs of the silent era. Bushman is pretty good in his role as is Bennett; both of whom have connections to MGM's epic Ben Hur. Bushman of course had a large part in the film but Bennett met and married the director during the making of the film.


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