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The Present with a Future (1943)

It's Christmas morning, and pre-teens Billy and Ginny have expectations of what they will receive as gifts, Ginny a bicycle and Billy a railroad set. Instead, they receive war bonds as a ... See full summary »

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It's Christmas morning, and pre-teens Billy and Ginny have expectations of what they will receive as gifts, Ginny a bicycle and Billy a railroad set. Instead, they receive war bonds as a gift from their mother, who explains to them that the war bonds will help what their father is fighting for, and may even pay to save his life is he were wounded. Although she could afford to give them a traditional gift plus the war bonds, she further explains that excessive consumption should not be flaunted during war time, as men and women not only fight for their country, but work in support of the war effort. Bette Davis, who portrays the mother in the just described scene, comes out of character, and as herself, implores the viewer to purchase war bonds and stamps. Written by Huggo

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Nice Short
4 November 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Present with a Future, The (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bette Davis stars in this Warner short, which is another in a long line that tried to sell war bonds. In the film Davis plays a mother who on Christmas morning must tell her children that they are getting bonds instead of toys because one stamp could save a soldiers life. It was fairly common for big name stars to help in these shorts but I was shocked to see Sherman's name on this as he had previously done The Return of Doctor X, All Through the Night and would work with Davis the same year as this in Old Acquaintance. He handles the material very well and Davis delivers everything you'd expect from her. At the end of the short she, in her dressing room, addresses the people watching the film and it's funny to note that she acts no differently here than in her "acted" role of the mother.


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