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Sons of Liberty (1939)

Approved | | Short, Biography, Drama | 20 May 1939 (USA)
Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American patriot and financier of the American Revolution.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Crane Wilbur (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Haym Salomon
Gale Sondergaard ... Rachel Salomon
Donald Crisp ... Alexander McDougall
Montagu Love ... George Washington
Henry O'Neill ... Member of Continental Congress
James Stephenson ... Colonel Tillman
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Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American patriot and financier of the American Revolution. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Vitaphone release # 9195-9196. See more »

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Haym Salomon: I know that you've given, even beyond your means, but know we must give again. It isn't charity I ask, it's an offering to the cause of liberty, a cause sacred to us above all others, because centuries of bitter persecution have taught us the value of liberty. If we want to continue living as free men in a free land, if we want to bequeath this priceless treasure to our children, then we must give. It is not our duty to leave wealth to our children but it is our duty to leave freedom.
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Yankee Doodle
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Played during the opening credits
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Rarely Mentioned Episode of American History
3 March 2007 | by refuge316See all my reviews

A refreshing little short about a little known element of our Revolutionary History. Someone who almost single handedly financed the Revolution should have gained a larger place in our history books, but sadly, he was relegated to the footnotes section. This short began by showing the Jewish Congregation in Philadelphia - the oldest synagogue in America. I was perplexed by the previous user from England who felt it was made as a slap in the face of the British as they were about to go to war. Ironically, the British were not heavily represented in this short at all, unless the subject of the Revolution, merely by its existence, is an insult to the British. If that's the way they felt at the outset of war I'm surprised they didn't deny our help feeling the insult would be too great to allow yanks to come to their assistance...or should I say win the war.

As Haym was represented gathering his funding and moving it around the country, it was ironically shown that his greatest antagonist was pursuit by the Hessian Soldiers...sure they were employed by the British...but if someone wanted to point out some pre-WWII propaganda elements in this film, you couldn't look any further than the brave little group of Jews being chased after by the Germans! I'm not a student of Haym Solomon history, but this element might even have been solely added for political effect and perhaps to cushion any anti-British sentiment in this subject. America has always been proud of its beginnings, and has made many movies/shorts in celebration. You also forget that even at this early point, it was a serious possibility that we could soon be entering a war. Patriotic symbolism in Hollywood was not aimed at the British, regardless of the British actors who obviously didn't think this was a slap.

The production was fine, nice color, acting was fine...nothing out of the ordinary, but still very enjoyable and very valuable for pre-WWII American cultural studies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1938-1939 season) #5: Sons of Liberty See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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