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I Am an American (1944)

Approved | | Short, History | 23 December 1944 (USA)
A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and ... See full summary »

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Humphrey Bogart (uncredited)
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Thomas Jefferson Kanowski (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ...
Judge Kanowski (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Dick Haymes (uncredited)
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Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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Joan Leslie (uncredited)
Mary Lee Moody ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
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Dennis Morgan (uncredited)
Knute Rockne ...
Coach Knute Rockne (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)
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Toscanini (uncredited)
Woodrow Wilson ...
President Woodrow Wilson (archive footage) (uncredited)
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A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and with every new war, also loses members of the ever-expanding family. The family is seen as typical of other families from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds who give their sons to the armed services out of patriotism. Written by Max

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23 December 1944 (USA)  »

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Featurettes (1944-1945 season) #1: I Am an American  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1266A. See more »

Goofs

When Feyador breaks out into dance at the Fourth of July parade (3m,58s), the narrator says, "Feyador could speak no English then...," but you can clearly see Maria's mouth saying "Stop, stop!" in English. See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
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Music by George Frederick Root
Played when Kanowski returns from the Civil War
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Very Nice
8 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Entertaining patriotic short film that follows the story of a family of immigrants from the time they arrive in the 1840s to the present day (1944). Unlike the other reviews I don't have any backhanded compliments to pay this short. Nor do I intend to use the word propaganda as a bludgeon against it for daring to be patriotic. Gasp! The horror of loving one's country! What were these primitives thinking back then? Didn't they know that for every good thing you say about the United States, you have to say two bad things as well? Anyway, it's a nice dramatic short with a positive message about the role immigrants played in shaping America. My favorite part occurred when the narrator was listing all the various noteworthy descendants of this family. He gets to one fat guy sleeping under a tree with his dog lying on his stomach. The narration goes: "There was one who never amounted to anything at all. But his dog loved him til the day he died. So he couldn't have been all bad." I love stuff like that. Also has some cameos from movie stars like Humphrey Bogart and Dennis Morgan.


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