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The Story of the Star Spangled Banner
Description: Silent drama about the writing of the song "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Clip #: MF-24A
Length: 16:06
Year: 1927
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1920s
Region: North America
Country: United States
Subject: war
Original: 35mm
Keywords:
1920s, Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, Fredrick County, Maryland, reenactment, Francis Scott Key and his sister playing outside in country, Francis polishing apple for his sister after she picked off tree, adult Francis Scott Key courting Mary Taylor Lloyd, Key’s best friend and rival for Mary’s hand walking through countryside with Mary and Key, Key’s rival slipping love sonnet to Mary who rebuffs them as curl papers for her hair, War of 1812 outbreak, Key as lawyer and father, Key and family gathered around table, Baltimore, British frigate Surprise, Admiral Cockburn outlining proposed attack on Ft. McHenry to Admiral Cochrane, Dr. William Beanes calling on the Keys and brainstorming about what do with about British, people having tea in garden being raided by British soldiers, soldier who escaped arrest giving report to Admiral Cockburn with completely different version of garden episode and claiming Beanes tried to poison them, Beanes being dragged from bed in middle of night and marched to British lines in middle of night, Beanes refused hearing and put in irons aboard frigate Surprise, Key being told about arrest, Key sailing on U.S. ship under flag of truce and boarding British frigate, Key begging for Beanes’ release, Key and Beanes witnessing bombardment of Ft. McHenry from frigate Surprise, attack, tattered "Star-Spangled Banner” flag flying over fort, Great Garrison Flag, Major George Armistead directing the fort’s fire, battle scenes, British soldiers raiding houses, cannon fire, Armistead refusing to surrender, Key and Beanes praying, waves rolling in at down, Key looking out from deck at looking for outcome from battle, Key and Beanes rejoicing to see “Star-Spangled Banner” flag still flying as Key writes, “Star Spangled Banner” lyrics, American flag


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