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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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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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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 Coffins on Wheels (1941) 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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A Lighthearted Look At Serious Problem
14 March 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An MGM Short Subject.

Who's that boorish fellow, with his constant negative talk about our Allies and the War effort? Why, it's MR. BLABBERMOUTH!

This little film uses a humorous approach to illustrate a problem nagging the country. It is not, as the title might suggest, a `Loose Lips Sink Ships' lecture, but rather how to deal with those Americans who constantly brought down the morale of others by their pessimistic attitudes about our fight against the Axis. It is just as pertinent now as it was then.

After Pearl Harbor, Hollywood went to war totally against the Axis. Not only did many of the stars join up or do home front service, but the output of the Studios was largely turned to the war effort. The newsreels, of course, brought the latest war news into the neighborhood theater every week. The features showcased battle stories or war related themes. Even the short subjects & cartoons were used as a quick means of spreading Allied propaganda, the boosting of morale or information dissemination. Together, Uncle Sam, the American People & Hollywood proved to be an unbeatable combination.


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