Johnny Tremain

1957

Johnny Tremain

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This Walt Disney filmization of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary-War novel Johnny Tremain was appropriately released on July 4, 1957. New Disney discovery Hal Stalmaster plays the title character, an apprentice silversmith in 1773 Boston. An on-the-job injury prevents Johnny from finding a job, but he is welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the Revolution. After standing trial on a trumped-up robbery charge brought about by British sympathizer Jonathan Lyte (Sebastian Cabot), Johnny is set free, whereupon he joins the Sons of Liberty during their execution of the Boston Tea Party. Later on, General Gage (Ralph Clanton), the officer in charge of the colonies, does his best to stem the activities of the Sons of the Liberty without resorting to violence but this becomes a moot point after the battle of Lexington Green. If the storyline of Johnny Tremain seems to be divided into two even halves, it is because the film was originally intended as a two-part installment of the Disneyland TV anthology. As it turned out, the film did receive TV exposure on Walt Disney Presents, divided (as planned) into two segments: "The Boston Tea Party" (first telecast November 21, 1958) and "The Shot That Was Heard Around the World" (December 5, 1958).

Cast

Hal Stalmaster
as Johnny Tremain
Sebastian Cabot
as Jonathan Lyte
Luana Patten
as Priscilla Lapham
Walter Sande
as Paul Revere
Jeff York
as James Otis
Richard Beymer
as Rab Silsbee
Rusty Lane
as Samuel Adams
Whit Bissell
as Josiah Quincy
Will Wright
as Ephraim Lapham
Virginia Christine
as Mrs. Lapham
Walter Coy
as Dr. Joseph Warren
Geoffrey Toone
as Maj. Pitcairn
Ralph Clanton
as Gen. Gage
Gavin Gordon
as Col. Smith
Lumsden Hare
as Adm. Montagu
Charles Smith
as Horse Tender
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  • May 14, 2008
    An enjoyable enough history lesson disneyified but most of the acting is atrocious!
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2006
    The book was better.
    Haley A Super Reviewer

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