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The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross (1927)

George Washington, commander of revolutionary American forces, ends a squabble among the colonies as to under which flag the Americans will fight the British by recommending a new flag for ... See full summary »

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Arthur Maude

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Arthur Maude
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francis X. Bushman ... George Washington
Enid Bennett ... Betsy Ross
Johnnie Walker ... Charles Brandon (as Johnny Walker)
Alice Calhoun ... Edith Brandon
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Storyline

George Washington, commander of revolutionary American forces, ends a squabble among the colonies as to under which flag the Americans will fight the British by recommending a new flag for all the colonies. He asks Betsy Ross to design and create the first flag. Meanwhile, British officer Brandon has crossed enemy lines in order to visit secretly his wife, who boards in the same house as Betsy Ross. Ross helps Mrs. Brandon hide her husband, but then Washington himself discovers the hidden enemy and must decide whether love or the rules of war shall prevail. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Short | Drama | History

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flag See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,774 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2002 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First release in the 'Great Events' series of 2-reel historical dramas. See more »

Goofs

The on-screen copyright year, appears as MCMXXII instead of MCMXXVII. See more »

Quotes

George Washington: Mistress Ross will tell you what we have planned.
Betsy Ross: Stars on a field fo blue; one for each colony - bars of red, for the blood of sacrifice - on a ground of white for love and peace.
George Washington: A flag beneath whose folds every man shall find freedom and protection.
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Connections

Followed by Manchu Love (1929) See more »

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A fine short film of the era
30 October 2006 | by artistathomeSee all my reviews

The Flag, movie short, was shown at the end of another movie on TCM yesterday... I was about to erase the movie Hairspray when the music by Vivek Mandala made me stop and check out the movie.

I found the film very enjoyable and the music was nice. The music was updated just enough...

I have no problems with this movie!! Shorts like this are important because it shows the thinking of the American people at the time in a way a school book CANNOT! This one way to reach kids and make them realize people are so different now.

The thinking and moires of the time (1927) when this film was made. This is history at its best. We may not agree with the attitudes of 1927, or 1776, but its important to realize we have come very far in some ways, and not in others.

I thought referring to childbirth as the Shadow of the Valley was really funny and shows the thinking of the time. Even in 1927, they are not admitting a woman has sex and can get pregnant. But my greandmother has told me in those days having a baby was a very serious thing and many women died in childbirth. With no antibiotics or ether yet, childbirth was quite frightening.

Even tho were were in a war with them it was obivious from the movie that most of the officers on both sides had no stomach for fighting their countrymen, the British obviously are now our friends, and why shouldn't they be? After all, the country was founded by the British. Europeans came later.

I liked the music and for the time it was made, the color was great. I would give this film a big thumbs up. It ought to be shown every July 4th...


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