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 »
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
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This wartime short subject from MGM early in America's participation in World War II instructs us not to listen to the doubters and naysayers among us. The film grew out of an editorial by Manchester Boddy from the Los Angeles Times who was also the person responsible for the idea that was later filmed by MGM in Malaya.
Mr. Blabbermouth is constantly saying that we peace loving folks can't defeat a martial people with a ruthless war spirit instilled by a dictator who wants to conquer. We also are lacking in the many resources needed to win the war.
The film is a lesson in geopolitics if nothing else and makes certain assumptions that the forces that are allied with America to defeat the Axis will always be with us and the natural resources they bring to the table. When narrator John Nesbitt starts talking about these, think of today's world situation.
Which makes the film incredibly dated, but still an interesting piece of history.
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