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The Tanks Are Coming (1941)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 4 October 1941 (USA)
Educational short about the status of battle tanks and tankist training in the American Army in pre-War 1941, featuring a comical Army trainee from the Bronx.

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Malowski
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Jim Allen (as Byron Barr)
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In spring, 1941, President Roosevelt orders increased military readiness. Malowski, a good-humored New York City cabbie, drives his cab Betsy to Fort Knox, Tennessee, to enlist. He learns tank mechanics, driving, and weapons firing. On the eve of their first maneuvers, in mid June, a sergeant who used to be a traffic cop turns in Malowski for having the taxi on the base. The base commander tells Malowski he'll have to get rid of her. He stashes Betsy in an old shed, then the maneuvers begin. How will Malowski fare? What about Betsy? Behind Malowski's story, the narrator gives lots of information about the growing power of the U.S. armed forces. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #1: The Tanks Are Coming  »

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Vitaphone release #496A-497A. See more »

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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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Love Me, and the World Is Mine
Music by Ernest Ball
Played when Malowski drives Betsy into the shed
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6 March 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tanks Are Coming, The (1941)

** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated short has George Tobias playing a new recruit who gives up his taxi cab so that he can join the Army where he soon finds himself driving a tank. This short left me somewhat disappointed but there are still a couple things that make it worth viewing. The first is that it was filmed in three-strip Technicolor and I must say that this is one of the best looking examples of this color. The colors really jump off the screen and it certainly belongs right up there with The Adventures of Robin Hood in terms of its beautiful color. The second reason to watch is because it was actually filmed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Having grown up fifteen-miles from there, I got an added kick out of how it looked back in the day. With that said, the story itself is a rather weak one and I really didn't get too many kicks out of the comedy style Tobias brought to the film. There were countless pre-WW2 shorts back in the day but this here isn't one of the best.


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