The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty (1938)

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    • The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty (1938)

      THE ALAMO: THE SHRINE OF TEXAS

      DIRECTED BY STUART PATON
      PRODUCED BY H.W.KIER
      KIER FILM COMPANY



      Plot Summary
      Produced in San Antonio, Texas in the summer of 1938
      it was intended as an educational guide to the seige and fall of the Alamo.

      Information from IMDb

      Full Cast
      Dayton Faulkner ... Captain Martin
      Mrs. Florence Griffith ... Mrs. Dickenson
      Sterling Waters ... Davy Crockett

      Writing Credits
      Norman Sheldon writer

      Original Music
      T. Ralph Willis

      Cinematography
      Harry Forbes

      Trivia
      Filmed entirely at Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas. Many of the extras were recruited at the local employment office. The film was shot without dialog; the soundtrack consists entirely of narration and an organ score.

      Was regarded as a lost film for several decades before a reel was found in good condition in 1999.

      The film was a two-reel short produced in a couple of weeks San Antonio, Texas.

      The budget was so low that individuals working on the film were asked to bring in their own costumes if possible.

      The individuals from the unemployment line who played the Mexican army soldiers were paid $2 a day. By contrast, Sterling Waters, who played Davey Crocket, was paid $20 a day.

      Filming Location
      San Antonio, Texas, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty (1938)

      The Alamo: Shrine of Texas Liberty is a 1938 American black-and-white war film
      directed by Stuart Paton and produced by H. W. Kier and Norman Sheldon.

      The film was done in pantomime and audio was done by narration and organ music.

      The film starred Coates Gwynne, Sterling Waters and Mrs. Florence Griffith.
      The film is an educational reenactment of the siege at the Alamo,
      but the filming location was actually Mission San José.
      The film was released soon after the centennial of the Alamo.
      From Wikipedia



      THE ALAMO: SHRINE OF TEXAS LIBERTY has been considered a lost film for decades.
      Produced in San Antonio, Texas in the summer of 1938 it was intended as an educational guide
      to the seige and fall of the Alamo.
      The film was shot on the grounds of the newly restored Mission San Jose and featured a cast of San Antonio actors.
      Director Stuart Paton, best known for his silent classics like
      TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1916), hired his extras at the local employment office
      and completed the film on a nearly non-existant budget.
      Despite its humble origins, or perhaps because of them,
      THE ALAMO: SHRINE OF TEXAS LIBERTY is interesting and fascinating in a way
      that it couldn't have been upon its original release.
      The long-lost film provides us a glimpse into two periods of Texas history at once -- 1836 and 1938.
      BONUS: Included is an original documentary "ALAMO: SHRINE OF TEXAS LIBERTY
      -- Lost and Found" narrated by Frank Thompson, author of the book ALAMO MOVIES.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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