A Bolt of Lightning (Studio One) (1951)

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Starring: Charlton Heston
Plot: Westinghouse’s Studio One presented this dramatization of the life of James Otis, one of America’s reluctant Bostonian revolutionaries caught
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Starring: Charlton Heston

Plot: Westinghouse’s Studio One presented this dramatization of the life of James Otis, one of America’s reluctant Bostonian revolutionaries caught
up in the orbit of Sam Adams. A young Charlton Heston plays Otis with
characteristic patriotic zeal, and he is supported by a good cast of
character actors.

The story portrays the basics of Otis’ somewhat tragic life with some
exaggeration, but not that much. Otis was an Advocate for the British
governor who turned on the British administration because of their
refusal to recognize the sanctity of private property. He produced a
strong legal argument against the infamous Writs of Assistance, which
permitted British agents to search and seize private property without a
warrant.

The film is reminiscent of the educational films which were sometimes
shown in secondary school classrooms in the 1970s, but is better
scripted, performed, filmed and produced than most of these. In short –
more entertaining.

The script is economical and keeps the story moving along. The
cinematography is nothing special, but the directing and acting are
good enough to make it work. There are a surprising number of nicely
choreographed and well-acted long shots with pans which are more
complex than the average 1951 TV dramatization. The soundtrack is also
OK.

Recommended for those interested in the American revolution, Charlton
Heston, and Legal history.

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