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The Million Dollar Nickel (1952)

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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... 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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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... 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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Great short!
17 October 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Just caught the last half of this great MGM short on TCM. Well done little propaganda piece promoting the idea of immigrant Americans writing a postcard to their families and friends back in "the mother country" to tell them about life in America. Nothing pushy, just "tell them the truth about your life here" - with several famous immigrant actors giving variations on that message in their native tongue (with English subtitles) - i.e. Ricardo Montalban in Spanish, Zsa Zsa Gabor in Hungarian, etc.

Actually, it occurred to me after seeing this short that, with all of the increased tension lately between the west (especially US and Europe) and the Muslim world, more honest direct communication between ordinary human beings might not be a bad idea. Maybe this little cold war short still has something to teach us. (And, it would make a great addition to a DVD box set of these great old short subjects that most of the studios used to make back in the 1930s-50s)

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