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Yankee Doodle Goes to Town (1939)

 -  Short | History  -  17 June 1939 (USA)
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Made just before America would be forced into the Second World War, this short subject is a brief dramatized history of American democracy. It targets a perceived threat to democracy from ... See full summary »

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Made just before America would be forced into the Second World War, this short subject is a brief dramatized history of American democracy. It targets a perceived threat to democracy from board room and soapbox fascists who advocated a government based upon contemporaneous European models. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Passing Parade No. 6: Yankee Doodle Goes to Town  »

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28 January 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Clem Bevans plays his patented grumpy old man -- here called "Curdleface" -- in this John Nesbitt Passing Parade short for MGM. In it, throughout the years, from the Revolutionary War to the present day of 1939, there Curdleface is to moan that this current crisis will mean the end of life as we know it.

The Passing Parade series always offered a small guys, Roosevelt liberal view of the world. With the Second World War about to break out in Europe and people worrying about the future, this short subject offers its usual message in an engaging fashion. Modern viewers may find it a bit simplistic, but that is the point of the piece.


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