is a 1957 film made by Walt Disney Productions
film review; May 1, 1957. based on the 1944 Newbery Medal
-winning children's novel of the same name
by Esther Forbes
, retelling the story of the years in Boston, Massachusetts
prior to the outbreak of the American Revolution
. The movie was directed by Robert Stevenson
. It was made for television, then ultimately released to theatres, and finally wound up on television a year after that, on the Walt Disney anthology television series
. It was shown on television in two episodes rather than as a complete film on a single evening. The song "Liberty Tree", with music by George Bruns and Lyrics by Tom Blackburn, became familiar, when the song was placed on the Disney Record album entitled "Happy Birthday and Other Holiday songs".
Johnny Tremain is an arrogant and exceptionally skilled apprentice silversmith
who dreams of one day owning his own shop and becoming wealthy and respected. All of this is abruptly taken from him when his hand is damaged in a silver accident. He ends up joining the Sons of Liberty
in the movement for American independence. Along the way Johnny befriends several historical giants including Paul Revere
, Samuel Adams
, and Joseph Warren
. The story reaches its climax with the start of the American Revolutionary War
and the actions taken by so many notable figures of the time to lead a young America into her first battles.