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"1776, or The Hessian Renegades" is a short war drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Billy Bitzer, Arthur V. Johnson and Robert Harron, stars of Silent Hall of Fame.
Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a Hessian and Robert Harron plays a farmer.
The Hessians were German soldiers in service with the British during the American War of Independence. In the film a group of Hessians chases a revolutionary courier carrying an important message to George Washington.
We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print. Many early D.W. Griffith films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.Directed by D.W. Griffith
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