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Johnny Tremain (1957)

Johnny Tremain (1957)

Johnny Tremain





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This Walt Disney filmization of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary-War novel Johnny Tremain was appropriately released on July 4, 1957. New Disney discovery Hal Stalmaster plays the title character, an apprentice silversmith in 1773 Boston. An on-the-job injury prevents Johnny from finding a job, but he is welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the Revolution. After standing trial on a trumped-up robbery charge brought about by British sympathizer Jonathan Lyte (Sebastian Cabot), Johnny is set free, whereupon he joins the Sons of Liberty during their execution of the Boston Tea Party. Later on, General Gage (Ralph Clanton), the officer in charge of the colonies, does his best to stem the activities of the Sons of the Liberty without resorting to violence but this becomes a moot point after the battle of Lexington Green. If the storyline of Johnny Tremain seems to be divided into two even halves, it is because the film was originally intended as a two-part installment of the Disneyland TV anthology. As it turned out, the film did receive TV exposure on Walt Disney Presents, divided (as planned) into two segments: "The Boston Tea Party" (first telecast November 21, 1958) and "The Shot That Was Heard Around the World" (December 5, 1958).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Blackburn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
Buena Vida Productions


Hal Stalmaster
as Johnny Tremain
Sebastian Cabot
as Jonathan Lyte
Luana Patten
as Priscilla Lapham
Walter Sande
as Paul Revere
Jeff York
as James Otis
Richard Beymer
as Rab Silsbee
Rusty Lane
as Samuel Adams
Whit Bissell
as Josiah Quincy
Will Wright
as Ephraim Lapham
Virginia Christine
as Mrs. Lapham
Walter Coy
as Dr. Joseph Warren
Geoffrey Toone
as Maj. Pitcairn
Ralph Clanton
as Gen. Gage
Gavin Gordon
as Col. Smith
Lumsden Hare
as Adm. Montagu
Charles Smith
as Horse Tender
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Tremain

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The film works better as a kid adventure film than as an adult one.

Full Review… | July 6, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fine, mediocre Disney from the late 1950s, celebrating Americanism.

May 22, 2008

August 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Johnny Tremain


An enjoyable enough history lesson disneyified but most of the acting is atrocious!

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The book was better.

Haley Anderson

Super Reviewer


I had to read the book for school and I didn't care for it that much. An then my mom made me watch the movie and I was surprised that this was worse. It's not unbearable, but it didn't stay to faithful to the book and was a little bit forgettable. I will say I enjoyed the history that goes with the book.

Awesome Movie Kid

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