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America, Preferred (1941)

Short documentary pitching sales of U.S. Defense Bonds and Savings Stamps.
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Many patriotic Americans have taken up the cause of defending their country during the Second World War. The most obvious are those that have enlisted into active duty. But those at home can also play their part and make some money in the process, by purchasing defense bonds and stamps. The bonds yield a 30% return over ten years. The proceeds of the sale of these items go not only into direct defense items such as fighter planes but also items that help the American economy function during the time of war, such as infrastructure. The end goal is to protect the American way of life. Written by Huggo

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Wartime pitch for buying bonds...
18 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those patriotic shorts produced during WWII that asked patrons of the movie theater to buy U.S. Defense Bonds or Savings Bonds at the nearest Federal Reserve Bank or Post Office. Most of the full-length features made by the major studios, always included a closing credit that said something like: "Buy U.S. Defense Bonds...".

Soldier Robinson makes the pitch for his fellow countrymen to buy war bonds and a montage shows how the money is put to good use by the government on all sorts of defense projects. He's an earnest young man and makes a nice presentation, but the material is all pretty obvious and not quite as inspirational as intended.

A good example of the prevailing American sentiment at the time.

Incidentally, it was on one of the bond-selling tours that movie stars made that Carole Lombard lost her life when the plane she was in crashed into a mountainside.


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