The Howards Of Virginia

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

A good Colonial period drama that failed to catch fire at the box office, THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA uses just a portion of Elizabeth Page's gigantic novel The Tree Of Liberty, because to have shot the entire book might have made for a six-hour film. Shot at John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s recreation of Williamsburg, THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA is physically authentic...read more

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A good Colonial period drama that failed to catch fire at the box office, THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA uses just a portion of Elizabeth Page's gigantic novel The Tree Of Liberty, because to have shot the entire book might have made for a six-hour film. Shot at John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s

recreation of Williamsburg, THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA is physically authentic in every way, but it was ill-timed for release, as it took shots at the British who were, in 1940, suffering at the hands of the Nazis. Carlson is Jefferson, who helps Grant get surveying employment with wealthy Hardwicke.

Grant meets Hardwicke's daughter, Scott; they fall in love and marry, then return to Grant's home area. Years pass, and Grant enters Colonial politics. When the revolution occurs, Grant sides with the rebels over Scott's objections. His two sons join him in the hostilities, and one of them is hurt

as the war ends. He returns to Virginia to take up a peaceful life once more with Scott. The family is seen against the background of the Boston Tea Party, Valley Forge, and all of the other famous incidents of the War Of Independence. A lot of money was spent recreating the skirmishes, but much

of what we saw on screen had already been drummed into our heads in various classes, and the inclusion of a fictional family was not enough to take this out of the realm of being one huge history lesson. If you don't feel like sitting down and reading a large tome, this is just as good a way as

any to acquire a thumbnail sketch of the way it was before the States became United. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Sound and Best Original Score.

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