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
This movie short was filmed in June 1941 when the United States was starting to begin the anticipated military build for the upcoming war. The film focuses on the new recruit (George Tobias) as he leaves his civilian job with a New York City Cab company for a 1 year hitch with the United States Army Tank Corps. Filmed on location in a pristine Fort Knox, it shows Tobias going through his standard "dumb best friend" acting method all while learning the ins and outs of the new U.S.Army tank. It is a fun movie to watch as you see a very naive America move towards the mobilization needed eventually for WWII. One other note of interest was the use of the then "secret" blitz buggy. This machine is better known by its other nickname, the Jeep.
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