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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


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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Release Date:

30 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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Circa 1977: Two specially-designed theaters in the Information Center are used, utilizing 70 mm projection equipment with six-channel Todd-AO sound. Each print averages 1,250 runs at the two auditoriums , and ten prints are exhausted in the course of 9,000 showings each year. The print is cleaned by hand after each showing. 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 Best Inspirational Film of All Time!"
26 December 2000 | by freeman-22See all my reviews

I have seen the "Story of a Patriot" over two dozen times dating back to 1958 for the first time at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center. It continues to be an inspiration to me and my family for strength and conviction in the sight of imposing odds. This is a "must see" for all Americans and a lesson for all the World. The only fault I have with "The Story of a Patriot" is that there was never a sequel using Jack Lord and the original cast perhaps during and after the American Revolution. Every time we revisit Colonial Williamsburg, the very first thing we do after getting our tickets is to see "The Story of a Patriot" on one of the big screens. It always gives me chills for the Freedom which our forefathers bestowed upon us at great sacrifice to their own well being. I also have a VHS tape, but now desire a much improved version on DVD. Even so, I will still begin every visit I make to Colonial Williamsburg by watching "The Story of a Patriot" again.

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