Documentary short film dramatizing the efforts of a black farmer and his family to help the American war effort by increasing production.

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Documentary short film dramatizing the efforts of a black farmer and his family to help the American war effort by increasing production.

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15 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Just Farmers Doing Their Jobs
7 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Mr. Browne is a farmer. He and his wife and two younger children work hard raising crops and vegetables. He took fifteen of his forty acres and put in peanuts, because he has been told that because of the war, more oil will be needed. He uses modern contour farming to make best use of land and seed. On their day off, they go to the local air corps base to visit the family's eldest son, who is training to be a pilot. Mr. Browne is a perfectly ordinary, hard-working American farmer during the Second World War. He is also Black.

Although Frank Capra's Signal Corps unit would make a couple of films about African-American soldiers, this short subject from Republic Pictures is an eye-opener. Republic specialized in movies for small towns: well-constructed westerns, Lum & Abner comedies and Judy Canova musicals, things that would never play the movie palaces in New York or Chicago or San Francisco. This movie was meant for a small-town audience. Given that it is set in Georgia (a movie theater is shown on their way to the Tuskegee air base; it is the Macon), this was meant for those theaters that wouldn't allow Blacks in, as well as the Colored Houses.


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