Betsy Ross (1917)
Starring: Alice Brady, John Bowers, Lillian Cook
Plot: This film about the life of Betsy Ross portrays the maker of the first Stars and Stripes flag in a different light due to her relatively unknown story. Betsy (Alice Brady) and her sister Carissa (Lillian Cook) both have romantic feelings for the same man, Clarence Vernon (Frank Mayo) a British soldier. A suitor for Betsy, Joseph Ashburn (John Bowers), challenges Vernon to a duel for the right to court Betsy. Ashburn apparently kills his opponent, which forces him to adopt a new identity and he joins General Washington’s army. A climactic finale brings us the opportunity for Betsy to perform her historical act.
The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross (1927)
Starring: Francis X. Bushman, Enid Bennett, Johnnie Walker
Plot: George Washington, commander of revolutionary American forces, ends a squabble among the colonies as to under which flag the Americans will fight the British by recommending a new flag for all the colonies. He asks Betsy Ross to design and create the first flag. Meanwhile, British officer Brandon has crossed enemy lines in order to visit secretly his wife, who boards in the same house as Betsy Ross. Ross helps Mrs. Brandon hide her husband, but then Washington himself discovers the hidden enemy and must decide whether love or the rules of war shall prevail.