Walt Disney adaptation of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary War novel. Hal Stalmaster stars as the eponymous hero, an apprentice silversmith in eighteenth-century Boston. No longer able to work because of a hand injury, Johnny is nevertheless welcomed with open arms by the patriots at the headquarters of the Revolution, who are fighting to free the colonies from English rule. After various mishaps and adventures, Johnny gets caught up in the historical events of the American Revolution, joining the Sons of Liberty at the Boston Tea Party. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.