This 1937 Vitaphone short was reissued in 1953 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, American President Thomas Jefferson appointed James Monroe to ...
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This 1937 Vitaphone short was reissued in 1953 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, American President Thomas Jefferson appointed James Monroe to negotiate with Napoleon to acquire the Louisiana territory from France. England's King George urges the United State's to take the territory by force as France is selling the territory only to get more money to fight against England. Napoleon learns of this and promptly sells the territory for $15,000,000 in an early example of a distress sale.Written by
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Some really obscure names (at least to me) starring in this shortie from Warner Brothers. starts out as a radio show re-enactment, but after about a minute, we slide into the actual story. Bartering begins over the Louisiana purchase, with the U.S. administration and congress arguing whether it was even a good idea. Then we're off to europe to follow the various countries and players as they discuss finances. Good stuff.. better than the usual dry, historical pieces shown sometimes between films. written and directed by Crane Wilbur, which sounds like a piece of movie-making equipment! Wilbur was the nephew of the Senior Tyrone Power, and had made Tomorrow's Children, a hugely controversial film about forced sterilization. check out the deal in wikipedia.
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