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The Drummer of the 8th (1913)

When the Civil War begins, young Billy runs away from home to enlist in the Northern Army as a drummer; he's wounded in battle and taken prisoner. He manages to escape and deliver an ... See full summary »

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Cyril Gardner Cyril Gardner ... Billy Durand - the Drummer (as Cyril Gottlieb)
Mildred Harris ... Mildred Brown
Frank Borzage ... Jack Durand
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When the Civil War begins, young Billy runs away from home to enlist in the Northern Army as a drummer; he's wounded in battle and taken prisoner. He manages to escape and deliver an important message to his commanding officer, but loses his life in the process. Written by Peter W. Many, Jr.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1913 (USA) See more »

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Broncho Film Company See more »
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Silent

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Black and White (tinted)

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1.33 : 1
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interesting and historically important
23 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie was made only 48 years after the end of the Civil War--most likely in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the end of the war. In the film there are recreations of battles and the people of the era that look rather impressive and realistic. It also provides a different and more balanced view than just its contemporary, BIRTH OF A NATION--a patently absurd and racist film. Because of this, this short film would be excellent for use in the classroom to discuss the war and tell the story of a very young man that runs away to enlist as a drummer. The boy makes good and is a hero, though the film ends rather melodramatically--a definite convention of the day. Not a great film, but a decent plot, decent acting and little of the over-the-top acting you often saw in other films of the day.

One annoying aspect of this film was the too frequent use of title cards to describe or set the stage for stuff that was really obvious. It got annoying from time to time.


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