Betsy Ross 1917


As described in a film magazine, Betsy Griscome (Brady), against the wishes of her Quaker parents, keeps a tryst with a British officer, Clarence Vernon (Mayo), who promises to marry her upon his return. Clarissa (Cook), her sister, falls in love and marries Joseph Ashburn (Bowers), a trader. Suspecting Vernon of duplicity, Joseph and Vernon fight a duel and Vernon is struck down. A year later Betsy marries John Ross (Kennard), and upon his death she operates a little shop for a living. Here she shields her sister, who was driven from home when she could not produce her marriage certificate. Betsy is commissioned by General Washington (MacQuarrie) to make the first American flag and later is accused of harboring a spy – in reality, her sister’s husband. The film ends happily when all relations are explained.

Directors: Travers Vale, George Cowl
Screenplay: H.A. DuSouchet

Producer: William A. Brady

Stars: Alice Brady, John Bowers, Lillian Cook


Author: Old Boy

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