Declaration of Independence (film)

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
Directed byCrane Wilbur
Produced byJohn Nesbitt
Written byThomas Jefferson
Screenplay byCharles L. Tedford
StarringJohn Litel
Ted Osborne
Rosella Towne
Narrated byCharles Frederick Lindsley
Music byHoward Jackson
CinematographyW. Howard Greene
Edited byEverett Dodd
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 26, 1938 (1938-11-26)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States

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 August 10, 2011.
  2. "New York Times: Declaration of Independence". NY Times. Archived from the original on November 8, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2008.
  3. Pencak, William (2010). Pennsylvania's Revolution. Penn State University Press. pp. 342–343. ISBN 0271035803. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  4. Birdwell, Michael E. (2000). Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.'s Campaign Against Nazism. NYU Press. pp. 258, 24, 25, 59. ISBN 9780814798713. Retrieved May 20, 2015.

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