The title of this short refers to the 5-cent stamp required to send a letter overseas from the USA. In the war against Communism, these letters are worth a million dollars, because they ... See full summary »
The title of this short refers to the 5-cent stamp required to send a letter overseas from the USA. In the war against Communism, these letters are worth a million dollars, because they counter Soviet dis-information against the United States. Immigrants are urged to send letters to their families and friends back in their native countries, describing their experiences in the USA. If they tell the truth in these letters, people will know that the anti-USA propaganda is untrue. Hollywood stars Pier Angeli, Ricardo Montalban, Leslie Caron, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, speaking in their native languages, urge their fellow countrymen to get involved in this effort. Written by
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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... and in moist cases, a free lunch bees ides? And for that same nickel we could buy ourselves a shave, and for two ...
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MGM short is pretty much a Cold War propaganda piece. The documentary starts off by showing us what we use to be able to buy with a nickel and then we just to current times where a nickel won't buy much. We learn, however, that a nickel will buy us a stamp that will allow us to write to people overseas and let them know what a wonderful country America is. We also learn that it's very important to try and get letters into Russia since their government is evil and we would be making America proud if they fall. As you can tell, this is a pretty out there little short but it remains entertaining throughout its 9-minute running time. The entire propaganda here could be cut up and thrown out and a lot of what was said then is probably why certain issues are here today. The highlight of the film was visiting a plant in Philadelphia where coins are made and then to NYC to see a post office and how letters were handled back in the day.
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