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A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President ... See full summary »
Anti-slavery activist John Brown figures in this film and is seen in silhouette in a jail cell in one scene. Raymond Massey, who plays Junius Brutus Booth, played John Brown in Seven Angry Men (1955), which was made in the same year as this film. He'd also played John Brown in Santa Fe Trail (1940) in 1940, the same year he played Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940). (In real life, John Wilkes Booth was a witness at the 1859 hanging of John Brown.)
When Edwin goes to meet John at their sister's request, the soldiers in the saloon and guarding John Brown's cell are wearing gray uniforms with blue trim. This is Hollywood's version of Confederate Infantry uniforms. However, Brown was executed on December 2, 1859, a full year before South Carolina seceded from the Union. The uniforms should have been Federal regular Army dark blue.
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