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My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950)

A panoramic view of American history from the Pilgrims to 1950 utilizing archival footage.


Owen Crump (narration written by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Marvin Miller ... Narrator (voice)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Chester W. Nimitz ... Self (archive footage) (as Admiral Nimitz)
George S. Patton ... Self (archive footage) (as General Patton)
George C. Marshall ... Self (archive footage) (as General George Marshall)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage) (as General Eisenhower)
Henry H. Arnold ... Self (archive footage) (as General 'Hap' Arnold)
Douglas MacArthur ... Self (archive footage) (as General Douglas MacArthur)
Harry S. Truman ... Self (archive footage) (as President Truman)
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Using archival footage from Technicolor shorts and features as well as newsreels, the sweep of major events of American history is condensed into this two-reeler. The landing of the Pilgrims, the Revolution, the Civil War, continental expansion, the Monroe Doctrine, the Gold Rush, the Spanish American War, both World Wars, and the creation of the U.N. are among the many topics touched on. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Did You Know?


The DVD version apologizes for any ethnic stereotypes that may appear in the film. See more »


The narration claims that the plane carrying the first atomic bomb took off from Okinawa. This statement is incorrect - it took off from Tinian in the Marianas. See more »


[first lines]
Abraham Lincoln: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Narrator: Upon that proposition, this great land of liberty was founded. And to this day the persecuted, the oppressed, the weary look upon our shores with eyes of hope.
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Crazy Credits

Credited narrator Marvin Miller identifies the remaining credited cast members as they appear on screen. See more »


Edited from Young America Flies (1940) See more »

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This Was Actually nominated for an Oscar
28 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There's nothing terribly original in My Country Tis Of Thee, it's a compilation of newsreel footage and footage from previous Warner Brothers productions and it tells the story of America that a member of today's Tea Party would find admirable. The film was done in the time of the Cold War and something like this could never be produced today. Frankly it's quite mediocre.

But what floored me was that this film got a nomination for Best Short Subject. That says a lot about the times of the Cold War and what was the start of the blacklisting era. My guess is that they were afraid not to nominate this thing. The competition was Beaver Valley a Walt Disney True Life nature film and a documentary of super senior citizen painter Grandma Moses. The Beavers took home the Oscar gold.

I've not seen either of the other films but I'm betting they're far more worthy of Oscar consideration than this was.

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Release Date:

17 February 1951 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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