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This short was one of the extras on the In This Our Life DVD that formed a Warner Night at the Movies link there. It attempts to tell in about 30 minutes the history of America at that point before then trying to stir patriotic sentiment after then showing a Japanese pilot flying toward Pearl Harbor, a dying American soldier using his bloody hands to form a V sign in a Nazi building wall, and various soldiers and tanks forming to go where they're needed. Filmed in Technicolor, this was quite exciting to watch though I couldn't help notice some glossing over some issues like that concerning the Civil War. And seeing that Confederate flag reminded me how unneeded it is today considering what happened at that South Carolina church last week. Still, March On, America! is interesting enough to watch as a historical document.
This film was produced during WWII in a patriotic attempt to tell the history of the U.S. and inspire the country. It fails on both counts. The history although fairly correct is presented in a paternalistic manner and goes on seemingly forever. Hokey costumes and bad acting are no reason to turn off something, but they went a little too far when Abraham Lincoln spoke with an Irish accent. The film does pick up in the patriotic segment at the end - the narrator finally comes to life and has some zip to his delivery. It is too short though and filled with scenes that made me wince. A memorable one is of a Nazi soldier shooting an enemy in front of a wall and as the man dies his hands slide together and form a large bloody V for Victory. Watch this only if you are filled with the desire to watch as many shorts as you can find. Like me.
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