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The Million Dollar Nickel (1952)

Approved | | Short | 1952 (USA)
One can no longer purchase much with five cents. But what one can still buy for a nickel, but is worth millions of dollars collectively, is a stamp to mail a letter overseas. The importance... See full summary »




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One can no longer purchase much with five cents. But what one can still buy for a nickel, but is worth millions of dollars collectively, is a stamp to mail a letter overseas. The importance of the mail service over the course of the U.S.'s history is described. Letters sent abroad have and still do fuel much of the immigration to the U.S., which is a never-ending cycle. Those personal letters, many from naturalized U.S. citizens to their original homeland, dispel myths that citizens residing in other countries often hear about life in the U.S., those myths often perpetrated by governments of totalitarian regimes. It is uncertain whether letters going to those countries actually do make it to their intended destinations unaltered. It makes it that much important for other methods of broader communication to reach overseas, these methods endorsed by a plethora of Hollywood stars who were born in countries other the the U.S. to their original homelands. Written by Huggo

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[first lines]
Narrator: Here in Philadelphia, since 1793, they make money. Silver dollars and half dollars, quarters and dimes, and pennies and nickels. And of all the coins minted in this building, the nickel was once the most important to the average American. Yes, for a nickel any of us could buy most of the little things we needed. Remember when for a five cent piece we could get this...
[cut to shot of a bartender pouring a mug of beer]
Narrator: and in most cases, a free lunch besides? And for that same nickel...
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Stamp Out Communism
14 September 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A short documentary touting the United States issued 5-cent stamp, which could send a letter from freedom loving Americans to those outside the United States. Communist bloc countries, like Poland, are specifically noted as countries receiving millions of letters from the USA. These letters promote the American way of life "we take for granted"; and, many "penetrate the Iron Curtain". MGM studios figure the nickel to be worth a million dollars, due to its usefulness in spreading democracy. Pier Angeli, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Caron, and Zsa Zsa Gabor deliver brief messages to viewers, near the film's end, in their native tongues. The three actresses are of some interest, as they are in their "starlet" years; otherwise, "The Million Dollar Nickel" is of limited worth.

*** The Million Dollar Nickel (1952) John Nesbitt ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leslie Caron, Pier Angeli

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