Animated documentary promoting timely filing and payment of Federal income taxes, demonstrated by Donald Duck's difficulties with his tax return.

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Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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This short was made expressly for and under the auspices of War Activities Committee of the U. S. Treasury Department, and was distributed to theatres at no charge by only National Screen Services, since the War Activities Committee nor the U. S. Treasury Department had no film-exchange offices nor a theatre-distribution set-up. The premise is that it would take 'taxes to beat the axis', and Donald Duck is a reluctant tax-payer until he listens to a radio broadcast concerning the importance of all U.S. citizens to pay their share of taxes, and Donald gets into a conversation with the radio commentator, and learns why it is important to pay taxes to beat the axis. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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23 January 1942 (USA)  »

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When the commissioner, The US Secretary of the Treasury, learned of the proposal of using Donald Duck as the feature character of the film, he insisted on a generic "Mr. Taxpayer" character instead. Walt Disney managed to convince him that using one of the studio's most popular characters would make for a more entertaining film and therefore, give a more effective message to the audience. See more »

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Pretty lame
26 May 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I had a bit of a 'Disney propaganda' night today (with Der Fuehrer's Face, Education For Death, The New Spirit (or Spirit of '43) and Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips), and I'm afraid to say this was the worst one. All it had to say was: pay your taxes in time so we can spend it all on war-machinery to kill of the nazi's. Perhaps effective in it's time, but pretty lame in retrospect.

The good part of the movie was the ending, with the sky turning into the stars and stripes, as Donald decides to pay his debt instead of wasting it all on idle goods.

But if you want to see a really good WWII propaganda movie, I'd advise you go with Der Fuehrer's Face (also starring Donald Duck) instead. As for this one: 3/10.


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