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Thursday, May 22, 2008

JOHNNY TREMAIN (1957)

Simple but effective Revolution era Americana, with one iconic moment (and personality) after another comfortably sketched in without too much fuss and bother as we watch young Johnny (Hal Stalmaster, fine in his sole credit) learn Boston-based lessons in life, love, liberty & silver-smithing. What kid can forget the doctor’s offer of "a moment of pain for a life of freedom" to fix Johnny’s disfigured hand? And such an elegant production with those fine harbor matte/glass shots, and made on just a few sparely dressed sets. Between this & OLD YELLER, Disney house director Robert Stevenson had a good 1957.

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