Celebrity Propaganda

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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During World War II, the federal government enlisted the help of Hollywood and its stars to drum up patriotic support for the war effort. This video compilation features top Hollywood actors in short films featuring music, comedy, and inspirational dramas, all designed to educate the American citizenry and encourage their martial spirit. Highlights include the short You, John Jones (1943), directed by Mervyn LeRoy, the producer of The Wizard of Oz, and written by Carey Wilson, one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and writer of the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty. The short stars James Cagney as John Jones, an air raid warden. It also stars Ann Sothern as his wife and Margaret O'Brien as his daughter. Other shorts in the video feature Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.

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war, comedy, inspirational [spiritual], music, patriotism, propaganda, short-films, celebrity