Declaration of Independence (film)

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Declaration of Independence
Directed by Crane Wilbur
Produced by John Nesbitt
Written by Thomas Jefferson
Screenplay by Charles L. Tedford
Starring John Litel
Ted Osborne
Rosella Towne
Narrated by Charles Frederick Lindsley
Music by Howard Jackson
Cinematography W. Howard Greene
Edited by Everett Dodd
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • November 26, 1938 (1938-11-26)
Running time
17 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Declaration of Independence is a 1938 American short drama film directed by Crane Wilbur. It won an Academy Award at the 11th Academy Awards in 1939 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel),[1][2] and has been credited as being one of the few films relating to the American Revolution to win this award.[3]

Declaration of Independence was part of Warner Bros.'s Old Glory series, which consisted of several short films that covered American history.[4]


  • John Litel as Thomas Jefferson
  • Ted Osborne as Caesar Rodney
  • Rosella Towne as Betsy Kramer
  • Richard Bond as Thomas Lynch Jr.
  • Owen King as Edward Rutledge
  • Henry Hall as John Hancock


  1. ^ "The 11th Academy Awards (1939) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: Declaration of Independence". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ Pencak, William (2010). Pennsylvania's Revolution. Penn State University Press. pp. 342–343. ISBN 0271035803. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Birdwell, Michael E. (2000). Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.'s Campaign Against Nazism. NYU Press. pp. 258, 24, 25, 59. ISBN 9780814798713. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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