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Eyes of the Navy (1940)

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Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US at least; by 1940 England had been at war for a while) recruitment film for young men to ... See full summary »

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Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US at least; by 1940 England had been at war for a while) recruitment film for young men to become Navy fliers. It follows young men from basic flight training through to take-offs and landings on an aircraft carrier. While the work is serious, the film says, it's all a lot of fun with lot's of time off and the chance to visit exotic locales around the world. Patriotic throughout, the film tells of the preparations they are making, just in case they are necessary. Written by garykmcd

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26 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay: Eyes of the Navy  »

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Eyes of the Fleet
Written by J.V. McElduff
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A Look At The Navy's Wings
12 March 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A MGM Short Subject.

After relentless, rigorous training, young men from around the USA become the EYES OF THE NAVY as pilots of the air arm of the Navy & Marines.

Produced well before the entry of America into World War Two, this Short serves as both a plea for preparedness by having a strong air defense, as well as a promotional pitch for the flying fleet. It is interesting in that Uncle Sam's potential enemies (Germany, Italy, Japan) are never mentioned by name.

After Pearl Harbor, Hollywood went to war totally against the Axis. Not only did many of the stars join up or do home front service, but the output of the Studios was largely turned to the war effort. The newsreels, of course, brought the latest war news into the neighborhood theater every week. The features showcased battle stories or war related themes. Even the short subjects & cartoons were used as a quick means of spreading Allied propaganda, the boosting of morale or information dissemination. Together, Uncle Sam, the American People & Hollywood proved to be an unbeatable combination.


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