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Mr. Blabbermouth! (1942)

Approved | | Short | 8 August 1942 (USA)
Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, America was rife with rumors about the size of Japan's armed forces and how well-equipped they were to wage war against the U.S. Using animation, ... See full summary »

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John Nesbitt ...
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Kai-Shek Chiang ...
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Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, America was rife with rumors about the size of Japan's armed forces and how well-equipped they were to wage war against the U.S. Using animation, the first part of this film dispels these rumors by showing that the U.S. had more raw materials and more fighting ships. The narrator also cautions moviegoers against spreading rumors (which are often initiated by enemy infiltrators to create fear and dissention) and believing everything they read in the newspapers. Just because "they say" something, that doesn't make it true. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The following public service announcement is shown at the end of the film (following the "The End" title card), with a statue of a soldier surrounded by various battle scenes: "America needs your money. Buy War Bonds and Stamps at this theater." See more »

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Narrator Nesbitt identifies Hitler and Chaing Kai-Shek. See more »

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Edited from Escape (1940) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman (music); Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell (lyrics)
Performed by orchestra
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good morale building short
26 April 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

At first glance this seems to be a stereotypical patriotic U.S. WWII film. It is much more than that even when you factor in some of the cringing portrayals of the enemy. If the enemy were as idiotic as they are often portrayed why were they such a problem? This film balances the jingoistic part with a very good message about attitude. Mr. and Mrs. Blabbermouth are the people who always make the worst of a good situation. If there is any good to be found they will bury it. This film tries to give the American public a feel good boost about their situation in the war. It's a morale builder and it works. I know that I would have felt more optimistic after seeing this short in 1942.


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