An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

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An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

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Was required viewing for all US farmers during WWII by federal mandate. See more »

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Narrator: For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable. A 44-gun frigate like our cherished Old Ironsides took over 60 tons of hemp for rigging, including an anchor cable 25 inches in circumference. The Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners of pioneer days were covered with hemp canvas. Indeed the very word canvas comes from the Arabic word for hemp. In those days hemp was an important crop in Kentucky and Missouri. Then came cheaper imported fibers for cordage, like jute, sisal and ...
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Probably Woody Harrelson's favorite film...but otherwise there isn't a lot to excite most folks about this one.
22 August 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I am sure pot-lovers adore this film and tout is as ample evidence why the plant should be legalized here in the US, I assume some of these people are missing the context for this dull little film. First, since pot was virtually made illegal in the 1930s (you had to get a government stamp to produce it--and NO ONE got these stamps), when WWII came and supplies dried up there was a huge shortage of hemp for ropes for rigging, fire hoses, thread, etc.--the film is NOT advocating people becoming doobie fiends! Second, the film was never really intended for a wide audience but as a short film to convince farmers to switch, at least temporarily, to this much-needed crop.

Because of this context, I can't see this film as being either pro or anti-legalization. And, because of this, the film turns out to be amazingly dull and tough to watch--fortunately it's only 15 minutes long. In addition, the over-use of the song "My Old Kentucky Home" is annoying--even if Kentucky is the pot capital of America!


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