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Main Street Today (1944)

Approved | | Short | 25 March 1944 (USA)

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This patriotic MGM short film, set in World War II has a factory owner who produces the breech block for a key piece of army artillery. The military wants to increase production by 50% but ... See full summary »

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(as Edward Cahn)

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Otis Bird
Henry O'Neill ...
Vance Clark
Addison Richards ...
Fred Baker
John Nesbitt ...
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This patriotic MGM short film, set in World War II has a factory owner who produces the breech block for a key piece of army artillery. The military wants to increase production by 50% but they can barely meet their production targets as it is. Going to a third shift in the plant will need manpower, 500 in total, that is sorely missing due to the number of men in the military. The film then looks at the town's main street seeing where the workforce might come from. Their brain storming identifies 220 men but then one of them comes up with the solution: if everyone worked just a bit harder and contributed just a bit more, the war will be won. The fictional factory found its workers, mostly women who hadn't previously worked and others who already had a full time job, but also worked part-time at the plant. Written by garykmcd

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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References Come Live with Me (1941) See more »

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Good WWII Short
11 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Main Street Today (1944)

*** (out of 4)

John Nesbitt narrates this Oscar-nominated short, which was produced during WW2 and is obviously meant to inspire people to help their country. The film centers on a small town that produces a very important weapon for the military. The government asks for a third shift to be added but the people there feel they have too much going on to work a second job or to even work at all. The town calls a meeting where the letter from a soldier changes their minds. This is a fairly well-made little drama that certainly preaches way too much but this is to be expected considering what was going on during this period of history. Nesbitt, as usual, does a very good job with the narration and he really puts a lot of heart into the film. Ray Collins and Henry O'Neill both turn in fine performances in their small roles.


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