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Release Date:
29 November 1970 (USA) See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A curio of its day (and of its participants) as much as anything else See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

John Wayne ... Himself

Ann-Margret ... Entertainer at Valley Forge

Lucille Ball ... Statue of Liberty (voice)

Jack Benny ... Man Who Finds Silver Dollar

Dan Blocker ... Indian Who Sells Manhattan

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Frederick Douglass

Glen Campbell ... Himself

Johnny Cash ... Himself

Roy Clark ... Banjo Player at Andrew Jackson's Inaugural

Bing Crosby ... Mark Twain

Phyllis Diller ... Belva A. Lockwood

Lorne Greene ... George Washington

Celeste Holm ... Nancy Lincoln

Bob Hope ... Himself - Entertaining Troops at Valley Forge

Michael Landon ... Peter Minuit

Dean Martin ... Eli Whitney

Ross Martin ... Alexander Hamilton

Greg Morris ... Crispus Attucks

David Nelson ... Union Soldier

Ricky Nelson ... Confederate Soldier

Hugh O'Brian ... Thomas Jefferson

Dan Rowan ... Orville Wright

Dick Martin ... Wilbur Wright

William Shatner ... John Adams

Red Skelton ... Newspaper Printer

Tom Smothers ... Newspaper Printer's Assistant

Leslie Uggams ... Saloon Singer

Dennis Weaver ... Tom Lincoln

Cathy Baker ... Confederate Soldier's Wife
Berniece Dalton
Jane Harris
Paul Reid Roman

Lisa Todd ... Bud, Eli Whitney's 'Boy'
Arthur Tovey ... Father

Ed McMahon ... Bartender / announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Burns ... Himself
The Doodletown Pipers ... Themselves

Jesse Vint ... Colorado
Owen Bush ... Man Representing Missouri (uncredited)
Edward Faulkner ... Bit (uncredited)
Harry Hickox ... Man Representing Illinois (uncredited)
Kay E. Kuter ... Man Representing Mississippi (uncredited)
Forrest Lewis ... Man Representing Maine (uncredited)
Orville Sherman ... Man Representing Alabama (uncredited)

Patrick Wayne ... James Caldwell (uncredited)

Dan White ... Man Representing Florida (uncredited)

Hal Williams ... Man Representing Iowa (uncredited)

Directed by
Stan Harris 
Writing credits
Paul Keyes (written by) (as Paul W. Keyes)

John Aylesworth  uncredited

Produced by
William O. Harbach .... executive producer
Paul Keyes .... producer (as Paul W. Keyes)
Sam Lovullo .... associate producer
Nick Vanoff .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
Casting by
Lee Traver 
Art Direction by
Eugene McAvoy 
Costume Design by
Ed Sunley 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Charles Nash .... makeup artist
Yolie Stefanko .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Art Seidel .... associate director
Art Department
Bill Camden .... assistant art director
Jim Fox .... property master
Sound Department
Marshall King .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Boatman .... lighting director
Editorial Department
Jerry Greene .... tape editor
Music Department
John Beal .... conductor
Ray Charles .... special musical material
Dominic Frontiere .... musical director
Les Pouliot .... composer: Johnny Cash material
Claude Williamson .... music coordinator
Other crew
Ellen Brown .... assistant to producer
Fran De Simone .... production assistant
Carolyn Dyer .... assistant choreographer
Bob Lally .... first stage manager
Ken Lamkin .... technical director
David Menteer .... stage manager (as Dave Menteer)
Jaime Rogers .... choreographer
Chuck Slosser .... researcher

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Wayne's Tribute to America" - USA (DVD box title)
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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A curio of its day (and of its participants) as much as anything else, 29 June 2003
Author: Aldanoli from Ukiah, California

Even those who aren't fans of John Wayne would probably still enjoy this series of vignettes that Wayne narrates almost like the Stage Manager in "Our Town," stepping from era to era through a few centuries of American history. Wayne had been burned in his earliest foray into television nearly two decades earlier: Making a guest appearance on a variety show in 1953 while his movie "Hondo" was in theatres, he was supposed to act like he didn't know why the audience was reacting, and then every time he turned around he'd press a button in his pants and a sign on his back would light up to say "Hondo." The indignity of the appearance embarrassed him enough so that, except for rare guest appearances on shows like "I Love Lucy," Wayne avoided television for most of the next 20 years. "Swing Out, Sweet Land" gave him a chance to show his unabashed red-white-and-blue sentiments and to feel far more comfortable in front of the television cameras.

Still, although it's an enjoyable and a somewhat tongue-in-cheek television special, sticking to many of the clichés of the American history genre, it's also very much a curio of its era -- when you could spend a couple of hours recounting those clichés as history, and also present them by featuring a raft of then-current celebrities often doing their own shtick as a counterpoint to the history -- Jack Benny (of course!) finding the silver dollar that Washington threw across the Delaware; Roy Clark as a banjo player at Andy Jackson's funeral; even Rowan and Martin as the Wright Brothers! You won't find the kind of insight that Ken Burns puts forth on his PBS series, certainly . . . and, as history, perhaps its most poignant feature is realizing just how many of the folks who were well-known at that time (like Wayne himself, Benny, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Greg Morris, and even Ricky Nelson) are themselves already gone.

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