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Don't Be a Sucker (1943)

Approved | | Short, History, War | 1947 (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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German Professor
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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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common sense is not common even today
25 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

This spells it out, the case against racism and xenophobia. This short film is an excellent reminder, in clear language, about how we are all minorities. America is a melting pot, and we need reminded about that sometimes. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of old films, but this one drew me in with its clear message of tolerance. If we want others to be tolerant of us, we must be tolerant of them. I don't think the message is condescending, but it IS simple. It is so simple that some might feel a little put off by the message at the end. Yes, we are all minorities, even us white western European mutts that are lots and lots of generations Americans.


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