'Angel of Mercy' (1939) re-edited and re-released with new framework footage relating it to America's involvement in World War II.

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Two and-a-half years after the release of "Angel of Mercy," MGM added new commentary to it to involve America's entry into World War II, following the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, on December 7, 1941. Aside from this slight editing, this one is still "Angel of Mercy," depicting the efforts of Clara Barton to organize a hospital service for soldiers on the battlefields of World War I. Her efforts led to the formation of the American Red Cross. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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31 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Passing Parade No. 30: Flag of Mercy  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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"Flag of Mercy" is Basically the "Angel of Mercy" short from 1939
25 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Going with my review of "Angel of Mercy (1939)" short narrated as well by John Nesbitt, this is basically the same short. While the first one had it as Clara Barton as the centerpiece with Civil War battles edited in, this one is Clara Barton with World War II And the Civil War edited in which really makes no sense except of course expressing the message (as I stated in my last review) that this is a "Man's World" and women belong at home. But, Clara Barton defies that and continues on. They keep pushing in these two fictional accounts of Barton's life saying that it took her years to get men to listen to her. After the Civil War she created "Office of Missing Soldiers" where she and other women responded to letters, looked for the soldiers who were killed or missing, and that began right after the war in 1865. By 1868 she traveled around Europe and came into contact with the Red Cross organization and then introduced it to the US. She helped other countries build hospitals during wars at that time. In the US she wasn't denied the creation of the American Cross because she was a woman (though I'm sure for a minority that was an issue) but because the US just had the biggest war of its existence and didn't see itself getting into other huge conflicts (though I wonder what the Indian Wars were about if not huge conflicts?). She didn't attempt to get the Red Cross to the States until the 1870s and was successful in 1881. Of course she was forced out by men in 1904 because they believed it was a "Man's world" and only men could actually run it better.

These shorts were two things: adverts for the Red Cross and propaganda for the US government. Neither of which did Clara Barton and who she was justice.

Again: I could be wrong.


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