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Don't Be a Sucker (1943)

Approved | | Short, History, War | 4 July 1943 (USA)
Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States to recruit Nazi sympathizers from the ranks of American racists.
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Financed and produced by the United States War Department, and shot at the Warners studio, although it was distributed through all of the major studios' film exchanges and also by National Screen Services free to the theatre exhibitors: A young, healthy American Free Mason is taken in by the message of a soap-box orator who asserts that all good jobs in the United States are being taken by the so-called minorities, domestic and foreign. He falls into a conversation with a refugee professor who tells him of the pattern of events that brought Hitler to power in Germany and how Germany's anti-democratic groups split the country into helpless minorities, each hating the other. The professor concludes by pointing out that America is composed of many minorities, but all are united as Americans. (Reissued in 1946 following the end of World War II. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The film was originally released in 1943 and then re-released, in a shorter version, in 1947. In August 2017, the short version gained tremendous attention due to the "Unite the Right" torch-lit rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
Written by Francis Scott Key
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Timeless Message Elegantly Told
8 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This simple film celebrates American diversity and immigration by showing the evils of racism and persecuting minorities. The film plot outlines how a society gradually accepts ostracizing "outsiders" as told by a Hungarian who witnessed this in the lead-up to World War II. The film speaks to us now in 2017 just as urgently as it did in 1943 & when it was re-released in 1946. Should be required viewing for middle and high school students. Propaganda with heart & soul.


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