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HISTORY

The character of the young Barbara Frietchie, not appearing in the poem by Whittier, was the creation of Clyde Fitch. This was the first film of Mrs. Thomas W. Whiffen, who in news items was called the oldest stage actress. Regal Pictures produced a film from the same source which was released on 26 Sep 1924 by Producers Distributing Corp. The film was supervised by Thomas H. Ince, directed by Lambert Hillyer, and starred Florence Vidor and Edmund Lowe. In that film, Barbara and Trumbull are reunited at the end of the war. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The character of the young Barbara Frietchie, not appearing in the poem by Whittier, was the creation of Clyde Fitch. This was the first film of Mrs. Thomas W. Whiffen, who in news items was called the oldest stage actress. Regal Pictures produced a film from the same source which was released on 26 Sep 1924 by Producers Distributing Corp. The film was supervised by Thomas H. Ince, directed by Lambert Hillyer, and starred Florence Vidor and Edmund Lowe. In that film, Barbara and Trumbull are reunited at the end of the war. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0260.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motog
11 Dec 15
p. 1245, 1261
MPN
27 Nov 15
pp. 20-21.
MPN
11 Dec 15
p. 93.
MPW
20 Aug 13
p. 29.
MPW
4 Dec 15
p. 1846.
New York Times
29 Nov 15
p. 11.
NYDM
4 Dec 15
p. 28.
Wid's
25 Nov 1915.
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LITERARY
Inspired by the poem "Barbara Frietchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier in In War Time and Other Poems (Boston, 1864) and the play Barbara Frietchie, the Frederick-Girl by Clyde Fitch (New York, 23 Oct 1899).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7035
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Barbara Frietchie's eighteenth birthday is interrupted when she sees Union soldiers, who have taken control of her home town, Frederick, Maryland, foraging for food. Her screams bring Captain Trumbull, who arrests his men and, against her wishes, assists her. When Barbara's grandmother, who likes the Yankees, asks her to show Trumbull the flag given to her long ago by Thomas Jefferson, Barbara replies that she tore it because she hates Yankees. After Trumbull helps Barbara's brother Arthur elude capture on his return home, Barbara's attitude softens. When Barbara's father orders the courting captain away, the couple go to a neighboring town to marry, but the Confederates take the town, and Trumbull leaves. Arthur mistakenly shoots him and carries him into their home. Although Barbara prevents the Confederates from entering, she finds Trumbull dead in the morning. Enraged, her grandmother waves the flag, which Barbara mended, at the Union troops. Although Stonewall Jackson orders his men to march on, Jack Negly, Barbara's rejected suitor, fires and fatally wounds Barbara. Her grandmother covers both bodies with the ... +


Barbara Frietchie's eighteenth birthday is interrupted when she sees Union soldiers, who have taken control of her home town, Frederick, Maryland, foraging for food. Her screams bring Captain Trumbull, who arrests his men and, against her wishes, assists her. When Barbara's grandmother, who likes the Yankees, asks her to show Trumbull the flag given to her long ago by Thomas Jefferson, Barbara replies that she tore it because she hates Yankees. After Trumbull helps Barbara's brother Arthur elude capture on his return home, Barbara's attitude softens. When Barbara's father orders the courting captain away, the couple go to a neighboring town to marry, but the Confederates take the town, and Trumbull leaves. Arthur mistakenly shoots him and carries him into their home. Although Barbara prevents the Confederates from entering, she finds Trumbull dead in the morning. Enraged, her grandmother waves the flag, which Barbara mended, at the Union troops. Although Stonewall Jackson orders his men to march on, Jack Negly, Barbara's rejected suitor, fires and fatally wounds Barbara. Her grandmother covers both bodies with the flag. +

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Civil War, Historical


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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