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Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States (1937)

Depiction of the Founding Fathers as they create the Constitution of the United States of America.


(as Edward Cahn)


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Uncredited cast:
Delegate, Washington's Aide (uncredited)
Colonist Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Revolutionary Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ...
Revolutionary War Officer Veteran (uncredited)
James Madison (uncredited)
Man on the Street (uncredited)
Man on the Street (uncredited)
Recording Secretary (uncredited)
Man on the Street (uncredited)
Claude King ...
George Washington (uncredited)
Colonist Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Carl Mathews ...
Delegate (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
Angry Baker (uncredited)


Following the end of the Revolutionary War when many soldiers going home are expecting the freedoms they fought so hard to achieve in defeating the British, they are instead faced with fighting states, which have created a protectionist system of tariffs and duties restricting free movement of goods across state borders. Congress does not want to intervene to usurp what they believe are the states' wants and rights to create laws for themselves. Congress further suggests that the states print their own money, which ends up not solving the problem as those currencies end up only being honored within that state. This system leads to much poverty. Federal leaders are unsure that congress can convene to discuss the constitution based on the wants of individual state members. Even if they can, they will have to come to some resolution of such controversial issues of equality between the states be they large or small, equality among individuals regardless of creed, color or sex, and how to ... Written by Huggo

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20 March 1937 (USA)  »

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A Tea Party dream come true . . .
10 March 2014 | by (Vault Heaven) – See all my reviews

. . . as post-Revolutionary War America descends into a state of chaotic anarchy beyond the wildest fantasies of even a Libertarian such as Rand Paul. Why not "privatize" money? Obviously, doing legal tender state-by-state or city-by-city makes the whole ball of wax respecting commerce and business dependent upon the weakest link among government flunkies, as illustrated at the beginning of this 21-minute short. But if Thomas Jefferson were not so busy in his dalliance with Sally Hemmings, surely he could have invented something such as Bitcoins. The final 75% of this piece is devoted to a herd of elderly white male codgers chewing the fat about how to create the maximum number possible of new divisions and subdivisions of government. No one can see the baby for the bathwater; the Second Amendment never crosses anyone's mind. This was the best chance ever to create a job description for American Emporer; George Washington looks the part here, and he could have played it in real life, too. Napoleon never had endangered species monitors, national parks, or clean water encoders. One can just imagine the TRILLIONS of dollars that could be earned today in the private sector if EVERY swallow of water were bottled (or, better yet, breath of fresh air); if entrepreneurs could charge $100 daily entrance fees for Yosemite, Mammoth Caves, and the Everglades (like they do at Disneyland); and if Mike the Meat Man could be auctioning off the LAST buffalo steak or bald eagle omelet on Ebay. The chance to nip government waste and creeping socialism in the bud is shown on the screen right here in SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, and these geezers blew it!

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