Johnny Tremain

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Johnny Tremain (1957 Movie)

“Johnny Tremain” is a Disney live-action film released in 1957. It is based on the historical novel of the same name written by Esther Forbes and published in 1943. The film follows the story of Johnny Tremain, a talented young silversmith apprentice, set against the backdrop of the American Revolutionary War.

The plot is set in Boston during the years leading up to the American Revolution. Johnny Tremain, a young and skilled silversmith, dreams of becoming the best in his trade. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he suffers a tragic accident that leaves his hand crippled and unable to continue working as a silversmith.

Johnny finds himself jobless and desperate until he becomes involved with a group of Sons of Liberty, including key historical figures like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Dr. Joseph Warren. As he becomes embroiled in the revolutionary events of the time, Johnny discovers the true meaning of loyalty, bravery, and sacrifice.

The film portrays the historical events that led to the Boston Tea Party and the start of the American Revolution. It highlights the bravery and determination of ordinary people who played significant roles in shaping the nation’s history.

“Johnny Tremain” received critical acclaim for its historical accuracy, compelling storytelling, and strong performances. It was well-received by both critics and audiences, earning two Academy Award nominations and winning the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

The film is considered an essential part of Disney’s live-action movie legacy and has been appreciated for its contribution to historical education and its portrayal of significant moments in American history. It is often used as a teaching tool in classrooms to introduce young audiences to the events of the American Revolution.

Over the years, “Johnny Tremain” has remained a beloved film for its inspiring story of a young boy’s journey towards maturity and the indomitable spirit of the American people during a pivotal period in their history.

Fun Facts

  • “Johnny Tremain” is a 1957 live-action film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based on the historical novel of the same name by Esther Forbes and is set during the American Revolutionary War.
  • The film was notable for its focus on historical accuracy. The production team worked diligently to recreate the atmosphere of colonial Boston, and many of the sets and costumes were designed to match the time period as closely as possible.
  • “Johnny Tremain” received critical acclaim and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. The film’s portrayal of the events leading up to the American Revolution, as seen through the eyes of the young apprentice silversmith Johnny Tremain, made it an educational and entertaining experience for audiences.
Johnny Tremain

Additional Details


  • Hal Stalmaster: Johnny Tremain
  • Luana Patten: Priscilla Lapham
  • Jeff York: James Otis
  • Sebastian Cabot: Jonathan Lyte
  • Richard Beymer: Rab Silsbee
  • Rusty Lane: Samuel Adams
  • Walter Sande: Paul Revere
  • Whit Bissell: Josiah Quincy
  • Walter Coy: Dr. Joseph Warren
  • Will Wright: Mr. Lapham
  • Virginia Christine: Mrs. Lapham
  • Ralph Clanton: General Gage
  • Lumsden Hare: Admiral Montagu
  • Gavin Gordon: Colonel Smith
  • Geoffrey Toone: Major Pitcairn


  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Writers: Esther Forbes and Tom Blackburn

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