Wartime documentary propagandizing for greater participation in the U.S. war effort during the Second World War.



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A small town in America cheers as its young men march off to military service, but then the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor strikes fear into the town with the awareness that their boys may end up in harm's way. When the Philippines fall, most of the young men are captured or killed, and the town comes to understand its place in the war. Goaded by grief, the people of the town vow to do everything possible to fulfill their part in ending the war. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

6 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

America Speaks: It's Everybody's War  »

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1.37 : 1
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Very good piece of wartime propaganda telling the folks on the home front why they need to sacrifice
30 December 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This documentary short was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary, losing to a four-way tie in a crowded field. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is a very well-executed piece of wartime propaganda aimed at getting people at home to do what was needed in order to help the war effort-rationing, buying war bonds, working extra jobs and the like.

It's narrated by Henry Fonda and he talks about "his" small town (unnamed in the film) where, two years before, a National Guard unit with some of the town's "boys" has been called up for active duty. The unit, after training, winds up stationed in the Phillipines. The audience, of course, knows what that means.

As the events of late 1941 and early 1942 unroll again for the people of this town, Fonda narrates how the complacency of the townsfolk first gives way to a burst of activity, only to see most go back to "normal"-until the casualties start to mount and, finally, what's left of their "boys" become prisoners of the Japanese.

The town now fully aware of the stakes, the townsfolk now throw themselves into the war effort completely. The not at all subtle message is that everybody needs to do so because, as the title says, "It's Everybody's War".

Well worth watching if you care to track it down. Recommended.

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