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 »
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
Bette Davis fans will appreciate this short directed by Vincent Sherman which has her as a mother greeting her two children on Christmas morning without the expected presents. Instead, she gives them a pitch about savings bonds instead of the toys or gifts they expected.
Davis delivers the "mother" role with actressy charm while the children (one of them is Billy Gray) gaze at her earnestly and go along with her talk about helping the men overseas and wartime patriotism.
Interesting as a curio from the past. After the brief segment with the two children, Davis is shown in her dressing room addressing the audience and furthering her pitch to buy War Bonds. If you savor the Davis mannerisms, well--they're on full display here whether she's playing the mother with two understanding kids or herself in her dressing room on the set.
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