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Initial DVD release  2006 (USA)
Duration  
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Genre  Biography, Drama, Romance
Screenplay  H.A. DuSouchet
Country  United States
Betsy Ross (film) movie poster
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Director  Travers Vale, George Cowl
Release date  September 17, 1917 (1917-09-17)
Writer  Henry A. Du Souchet
Cast  Alice Brady (Betsy Griscom), John Bowers (Joseph Ashburn), Lillian Cook (Carissa Griscom), Victor Kennard (John Ross), Eugenie Woodward (Mrs. Ashburn), Kate Lester (Mrs. Vernon)
Similar movies  The Man from Mexico (1914), My Friend from India (1927), Way Down East (1920)

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Betsy Ross is a surviving 1917 American silent historical film starring Alice Brady and produced and distributed by her father William A. Brady.

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Plot

As described in a film magazine, Betsy Griscome (Brady), against the wishes of her Quaker parents, keeps a tryst with a British officer, Clarence Vernon (Mayo), who promises to marry her upon his return. Clarissa (Cook), her sister, falls in love and marries Joseph Ashburn (Bowers), a trader. Suspecting Vernon of duplicity, Joseph and Vernon fight a duel and Vernon is struck down. A year later Betsy marries John Ross (Kennard), and upon his death she operates a little shop for a living. Here she shields her sister, who was driven from home when she could not produce her marriage certificate. Betsy is commissioned by General Washington (MacQuarrie) to make the first American flag and later is accused of harboring a spy - in reality, her sister's husband. The film ends happily when all relations are explained.

Cast

  • Alice Brady - Betsy Ross
  • John Bowers - Joseph Ashburn
  • Lillian Cook - Carissa Griscom
  • Victor Kennard - John Ross
  • Eugenie Woodward - Mrs. Ashburn
  • Kate Lester - Mrs. Vernon
  • Frank Mayo - Clarence Vernon
  • George MacQuarrie - George Washington
  • Justine Cutting - Mrs. Griscom
  • Robert Forsyth - Samuel Griscom
  • Nellie Fillmore - Mrs. Bass
  • Richard Clarke - Lemuel Ketch
  • Reception

    Like many American films of the time, Betsy Ross was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required cuts of scenes of a sword thrust during the duel, killing of second man in duel, the two intertitles "Scarlet woman" and "Don't you dare kill the Vernon nigger," the scene with a duel vision, and the actual firing of the squad at the execution.

    References

    Betsy Ross (film) Wikipedia
    Betsy Ross (film) IMDb Betsy Ross (film) themoviedb.org


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