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Swing Out, Sweet Land (1970)

John Wayne and an all-star cast tell the story of America.

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(as Paul W. Keyes)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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... Himself
... Entertainer at Valley Forge
... Statue of Liberty (voice)
... Man Who Finds Silver Dollar
... Indian Who Sells Manhattan
... Frederick Douglass
... Himself
... Himself
... Banjo Player at Andrew Jackson's Inaugural
... Mark Twain
... Belva A. Lockwood
... George Washington
... Nancy Lincoln
... Himself - Entertaining Troops at Valley Forge
... Peter Minuit
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John Wayne and an all-star cast tell the story of America.

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29 November 1970 (USA)  »

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John Wayne's Tribute to America  »

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1.33 : 1
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At least two of the stars are from Canada: Lorne Greene and William Shatner. See more »

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Referenced in All in the Family: Writing the President (1971) See more »

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It Was Good Enough For Grandma
Written by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Ann-Margret
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I remember seeing this as a child...
7 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

...and yes, it was theme park quality song-and-dance, variety show with a history outline. But it was not meant to be anything else. It was entertainment. PBS has done more "serious" in-depth, and well-researched history TV documentaries in later years as have the History channel, A & E, etc. But please note that these are just as much entertainment for audiences, otherwise the ratings wouldn't be there, the audience would not be there, and the motivation for the makers (at least enough money to live on) would not be there to make them. I remember this and others like it fondly, perhaps through rose-colored glasses of remembrance. But I also remember (and I don't know why this has stuck in my strange memory) that when it came to a Civil War section some mention was made of current racial unrest and the continuing themes of equality.

I would enjoy seeing it again if only for a glimpse of the celebrities that are gone and seeing a time when such did not hesitate to say patriotic things for fear of being hissed at.


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