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Thomas Jefferson Kanowski (uncredited)
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Judge Kanowski (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Dick Haymes (uncredited)
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Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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Little Girl (uncredited)
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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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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 »

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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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I Am an American was a pretty interesting short about proud immigrants who become Americans
21 March 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this propaganda short on the Hollywood Canteen DVD. This one tells the fictional story of the Kanowskis, a family whose parents came to this country from the Polish-Ukraine. The father fights in the Civil War and loses an arm though he bears no ill will since he proudly served his country. And so when the Spanish-American War came, he summoned his grandsons to help fight which they gladly did. And then one of his sons continue the summoning after his father dies...The narrator points out that the immigrants that are presented here could have been any others from various countries looking for a new land to call their own and become what the title above says. He also says that the second generation became native Americans while the group we now call that-what he referred to as Indians-were originally from Asia. Later on, we see Dennis Morgan do a speech continuing the short's point that not all Americans were named Smith, Jones, or Brown but were also many other surnames that he admits aren't easily pronounceable. So obviously, this short was meant to tell immigrants to feel proud of their adopted country. And it's pretty heartfelt seeing how tolerant this country at the time was to different nationalities and cultures though one pauses when one realizes that segregation of African-Americans and Caucasians was legal then as well...


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