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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Contrary to popular belief, prints are still in existence, and the film itself is in the public domain. Copies have been made available through education groups, and the film is also available to download on the Internet. 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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Boring War Short
26 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hemp for Victory (1943)

** (out of 4)

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HEMP *BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK would have been a much better title for this WW2 propaganda short that was produced to show farmers that they should grow hemp and help the war effort. After making sure farmers know they need a license to grow it, we then get to how it's grown. We learn about what type of soil is best, what kind of conditions it takes and then we go from there was the plant grows and then we learn how to pick it and get it ready for use. We learn the importance it had in earlier wars and how it could be effectively used during the current one. If you have any questions on hemp then they're going to be answered here as quite a bit of information is thrown into the 13-minutes here. The biggest problem is that there's not a single thing here that is overly interesting. The direction is really lacking and the narration will come close to putting you to sleep. I'm sure an interesting story could be made of hemp and its uses but sadly this isn't the film. Perhaps smoking something before watching would make it more entertaining.


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