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You, John Jones! (1943)

Unrated | | Short, Drama, War | 14 January 1943 (USA)
John Jones' daughter is rehearsing the Gettysburg Address in preparation for a school elocution when he is called away by an air raid alarm. He sits alone in the evening and contemplates ... See full summary »

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John Jones' daughter is rehearsing the Gettysburg Address in preparation for a school elocution when he is called away by an air raid alarm. He sits alone in the evening and contemplates how lucky he is in America, where no bombing occurs. He imagines "his baby" (Margaret O'Brien) suffering in the war-torn nations of England, Greece, China, Yugoslavia, France, and Russia, and thanks god that no harm has come to her. When he returns home, his daughter resumes her recitation of the Gettysburg Address with her parents as audience. Written by Lew Amack

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A Masterpiece
16 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

You, John Jones! (1943)

**** (out of 4)

A WW2 Civil Engineer (James Cagney) is called away from his home by an air raid alarm just as his daughter (Margaret O'Brien) is saying the Gettysburg Address for a school project. While the man is watching his post he begins to imagine what it would be like living in another country that is constantly under air raids and what impact this might have on his young daughter. Countless WW2 shorts were produced while the war was going on but I have no problem saying this here is the best of the bunch and in its own way a real masterpiece. The message of the film is quite clear but, given this was a WW2 film, the producer's went pretty far in passing that message off. We see countless scenes with Cagney's young daughter suffering in other countries and this scenes are very realistic and I'm sure hit a very strong nerve with people back in 1943. Cagney is excellent in his role as you can tell he's giving it all his got. The real star here is the young O'Brien who really steals the film with her powerful performance saying the famous speech.


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