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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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Entertainer at Valley Forge
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Statue of Liberty (voice)
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Man Who Finds Silver Dollar
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Indian Who Sells Manhattan
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Frederick Douglass
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Himself
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Banjo Player at Andrew Jackson's Inaugural
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Mark Twain
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Belva A. Lockwood
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George Washington
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Nancy Lincoln
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Himself - Entertaining Troops at Valley Forge
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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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Great entertainment for a great price
10 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Purchased this at Wal-Mart for under $10.00 and it's worth every cent. Too bad more Variety specials aren't available on DVD.

This show isn't meant to be a 'written in stone' history lesson. It's just what the title suggests: "Swing Out, Sweet Land". Maybe because it is hosted by John Wayne that so many of his contemporary thespians are in this or because of just about every big name on NBC at the time, but I found it quite enjoyable.

I had heard of this special before seeing it because it is mentioned during an episode of my favorite show "All in the Family." So when I saw this I had to have it just to see what I had missed all those years ago (I was only nine and never had control of what to watch). Since they don't produce specials anymore I loved watching all the corny sketches and sincere songs; seeing all the true "stars" of days gone bye having a bit of fun. That's what "SO,SL" was too - fun with just a dash of patriotic preaching that is so politically incorrect these days. And that's a shame we've moved in that direction.


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