Jack Lord Filmography

WILLIAMSBURG: THE STORY OF A PATRIOT (1957)?

Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot is an orientation film produced by Paramount Pictures and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1957, and has the distinction of being the longest-running motion picture in history, having been shown continually in the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center for over five decades.

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As museum orientation films go, Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot is a landmark, both because of its high production value, and because of its structure. Where ordinary 35mm cinematography would have normally been considered extravagant for an orientation film, this one was both filmed and exhibited in VistaVision, a high definition widescreen process that has approximately the same negative size as 35mm still photography, nearly as large as that of Todd-AO. It was a unique VistaVision film in that it was shown with six-channel stereo sound, while most films in that process were either shown in mono or in Perspecta sound. The music for the film was scored by Bernard Herrmann, famous for scoring several Alfred Hitchcock films shot in VistaVision. Moreover, where previous museum orientation films (and many present day examples) are simple travelogues, with little or no narrative content, Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot told the story of Virginia's role in American Independence (up to the point of voting to propose independence at the Second Continental Congress), from the point of view of John Fry (played by a young Jack Lord), a fictional Virginia planter elected to the House of Burgesses. While it was filmed almost entirely in and around the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, and points out a number of the historic buildings by name, it is overwhelmingly a dramatization of history, rather than a travelogue.

?Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot? restored

Untouched and restored images

he untouched frame of John Fry,

The untouched frame of John Fry, played by Jack Lord, on the steps of the Capitol, Williamsburg, Va.

Actor Jack Lord in the restored frame

Actor Jack Lord in the restored frame of ?The Patriot.?

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By the 1990s, the film was showing its age, with severe fading problems in the original negatives, and differing shrinkage rates in the separation masters that had been made as a backup. As a result, even new prints looked no better than a 16mm orientation film would have looked. In the early 21st century, an extensive digital restoration effort was begun, the result of which debuted (in relatively conventional 70mm DTS prints) in 2004, and is generally regarded as coming as close as present-day technology permits to the clarity of the film as originally shown in the late 1950s. It is estimated that despite the 35 minute run-time of this film, the restoration required enough digital storage to hold several feature-length films.?

(more pictures on:?http://www.history.org/foundation/general/patriot_restored.cfm)?

Clearly, Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot has had influence on subsequent museum orientation films, most notably, the California State Railroad Museum's Evidence of a Dream, which contains several dramatic sequences, is shown on very large screens, and is anything but a simple travelogue.

As of 2007, Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot has been released on DVD, available from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Story of a Patriot Movie Poster

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Cast ?(Cast overview, first billed only)

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


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