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1776, or The Hessian Renegades


In this D. W. Griffith-directed historical drama boasting an all-star cast, the hero is a dispatch runner for the American Revolutionary army. Assigned to deliver an important message, the boy is hotly pursued by the Hessians. He hides out in his father's home, burying himself in a laundry hamper. Alas, one of the Hessians fires his rifle directly into the hamper, killing the boy instantly. Swearing revenge, the father does a "Paul Revere," summoning the local villagers to rise up and crush the Hessian...more


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