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Give Me Liberty (1936)

Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writer:

Forrest Barnes (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Litel ... Patrick Henry
Nedda Harrigan ... Doxie Henry
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Captain Milton
Robert Warwick ... George Washington
George Irving ... Thomas Jefferson
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... British Commissioner
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Anti-Rebel Delegate Speaker
Myrtle Stedman ... Martha Washington
Shirley Lloyd Shirley Lloyd ... Party Guest Giving Patrick a Violin
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Randolph Peyton (as Theodore Osborne)
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Storyline

George Washington tries to encourage gifted orator Patrick Henry to use his considerable powers to argue the case for colonial independence before the Virginia House of Burgesses, but the lawmaker's promise to his wife initially deters him. When the political climate changes, she eventually gives her consent, and Henry delivers his rousing "Give Me Liberty" speech to an enthusiastic legislature. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1936-1937 season) #2: Give Me Liberty See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #7766-7767. See more »

Goofs

The guests at General Washington's house are shown dancing to Beethoven's "Minuet in G," which was not composed until 1796. In fact, Beethoven was only born in 1770, i.e. five years after the events shown at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Henry: Better a glorious death, Peyton, than an inglorious life.
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Connections

Edited into March On, America! (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played as dance music at Washington's house
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Litel Makes it Worth Viewing
19 February 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Give Me Liberty (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-winning short from Warner gets extra credit for featuring a great performance by John Litel as well as being shot in Technicolor. The movie has Litel playing Patrick Henry, the man who would eventually rise up before Virginia legislators and demand that they join the American Revolution by giving the classic "Give Me Liberty" speech. I must admit that I found the direction to be too laid back and at times my mind actually wondered away from what the story was actually about but with Litel's performance it's impossible not to at least be entertained. Litel would play this character in three short films with this being the first and he perfectly nails the character. The fiery energy he brings to the film will have you wanting to stand up and cheer and especially during the final speech. The other big benefit was that the film was shot in Technicolor and while the film doesn't look as good as future films it's still an early part of history.


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