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Spies (1943)

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Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is attacked.


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Uncredited cast:
Private Snafu / Adolf Hitler / Pigeon / Spies (voice) (uncredited)


The doltish but self-confident and self-congratulatory Private Snafu is in possession of a military secret during World War II. Over the course of the day, spouting rhymed couplets, he divulges the secret a little at a time to listening Axis spies. He tells his mom some of the secret when he calls her from a phone booth; the rest he spills to a dolly dolly spy who plies him with liquor. Snafu's loose lips put himself at risk. Written by <>

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secret | private snafu | spy | hitler | hell | See more »


Animation | Short | Comedy | War






Release Date:

August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Private Snafu: Spies  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration. See more »


[last lines]
Snafu: Now who in hell do you s'pose it was that let my secret out.
Hitler as the Devil: Vat vas zat I herd you zay, my little zouerkraut?
Nazi Devils: He vonders who the hell it vas who let his secret out?
[Hitler holds up a mirror in front of Snafu]
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Followed by Private Snafu Presents Seaman Tarfu in the Navy (1946) See more »


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In the correct context, this is a wonderful little film
29 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film must be understood in the context for which it was made. While this is a film made by talent from Warner Brothers (with voice work by Mel Blanc and production by the folks at Looney Toons), it was NOT intended for general release--but was meant to be shown to soldiers to illustrate the importance of keeping troop activities secret. You can tell this is the case for several reasons--the cartoon is black and white (when Looney Toons had just recently switched to color), the guy at the newspaper stand is reading a magazine entitled "SEX" and the female Nazi spy has a radio hidden in her boobs. This was certainly NOT intended to be seen by the kids! So, with it's more adult humor designed to appeal to those in combat, the movie did a wonderful job of conveying its central message in a cute way--using great animation and a crazy rhyming style that is very, very catchy. Even today, this film is worth seeing--not just by history teachers but by anyone wanting a good laugh or wanting to see what life was like during the war.

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