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The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' (1943)

The invention and use of a jeep are described, from the viewpoint of one of the vehicles.


, (uncredited)




Credited cast:
Claire Chennault ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General Chennault)
King George VI ...
Himself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage) (as King George)
Himself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General MacArthur)
Herself - Riding in a Jeep (archive footage)
Himself - Riding in a Jeep in Casablanca (archive footage) (as President Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage) (as General Stilwell)
Wendell Willkie ...
Himself - Talking to a Soldier in a Jeep (archive footage)


A jeep explains how it came to be invented, and the tasks that it is used for. When the United States went to war, its motorized divisions needed a new kind of vehicle, the jeep, which was designed by the automobile industry. After vigorous tests, the new vehicle has now proved useful and reliable. Designed to do everything from crossing rivers to towing artillery, the jeep is in use everyplace that the Army goes. Written by Snow Leopard

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Documentary | Short | War






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24 July 2015 (USA)  »

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the National Archive and Records Administration. See more »

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Actors not marked uncredited are credited orally by the narrator. See more »


Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech
Composers unknown
Played for marches, parades and as background music often
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"The Jeep is here to stay...."
12 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of 50 films included in the DVD set "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)". It's a documentary about the Jeep--and, oddly, it's told as if the Jeep itself is narrating the film! That is a pretty weird idea but it actually worked great. As you see the many crazy and difficult jobs this general purpose vehicle did, you can't help but admire the ingenuity of the car maker and designers. I was also surprised to see the likes of Laurel & Hardy and Claudette Colbert driving about in them for Bond Drives as well as Roosevelt and King George VI riding in them around the globe. I don't know exactly who the intended audience was for this one, but it was truly inspiring and exciting to watch even today--almost 70 years later.

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