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Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The... See full summary »


George Seaton


Emmet Lavery (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... John Fry
Leora Dana ... Anne Fry
Margery Maude Margery Maude ... Madam Fry
Richard Striker Richard Striker ... Robert Fry
Karin Wolfe Karin Wolfe ... Caroline Fry
Robert Carroll Robert Carroll ... Patrick Henry
Charles G. Martin ... George Washington
Frederic Warriner Frederic Warriner ... Thomas Jefferson
Francis Compton ... George Wythe
Michael Laurence Michael Laurence ... John Randolph
Ralph Sumpter Ralph Sumpter ... Peyton Randolph
House Jameson ... William Byrd III
Clarence Derwent Clarence Derwent ... Lord Botetourt
John Goodbody John Goodbody ... The Reverend Mr. Price
Orin M. Bullock Jr. Orin M. Bullock Jr. ... Richard Henry Lee


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This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The plot follows a fictional Virginia planter, John Fry (Jack Lord), who becomes a member of Virginia's House of Burgesses. Through contact with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other patriots, he gradually loses his ties with the pro-British faction and casts his lot with the rebels. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Drama | History


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In writing the final script, playwright Emmet Lavery frequently used quotations from the writings and diaries of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other revolutionary figures to fashion authentic dialogue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 70mm prints that Colonial Williamsburg is currently showing in their Visitors' Center (and the VistaVision horizontal 35mm prints that preceded them) do not inclue opening titles and screen credits; the 16mm and 35mm 4-perf prints do. The 16mm and 35mm 4-perf prints do not include exit/walk-out music; the 70mm prints (and old VistaVision prints) do. See more »

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The Story of A Patriot
4 February 2006 | by twday-3See all my reviews

Having been born and raised in Portsmouth, Va, about 50 miles from Williamsburg, I had many opportunities to view this movie while on school field trips when I was young. It has always been an inspiration and I have made sure my children have seen this movie. After having been in the U.S. Air Force and college and moving around the country, my family and I now live in Williamsburg, VA and enjoy the restored colonial town regularly. The movie is a great way to introduce the thoughts and ideas that were spawning just prior to the revolution and to convey the sacrifices that would have to be made by those who supported breaking with England. The films production is first class and the restored film is even easier to view and hear.

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30 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | DTS 70 mm (new prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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