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Main Street on the March! (1941)

Approved | | Short, History | 10 January 1942 (USA)
The film begins in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the people... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Narrator (voice)
Raymond Gram Swing ... Himself (voice) (archive sound)
... Himself (voice) (archive sound)
H.V. Kaltenborn ... Himself (voice) (archive sound)
... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
George C. Marshall ... Himself (archive footage)
William S. Knudsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold R. Stark ... Himself (archive footage) (as Admiral Harold R. Stark)
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The film begins in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the people of "Main Street America", the country's military forces, and its industrial base were completely transformed when the decision was made to gear up for war. Original footage is interspersed with contemporary newsreels and stock footage. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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You're in the Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
Played briefly during the modernized army sequence
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Oscar-Winning Short
19 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Main Street on the March! (1941)

** (out of 4)

John Nesbitt narrates this Oscar-winning (Best Short) film about all the "Main Street" locations across America and how they united on the morning of December 7, 1941. The short starts off in 1940 as Americans are learning about the war and how various other countries are falling to Germany. We learn about the attitudes of people and what was being asked of them to help the country. I've seen many of these WWII shorts the past several years and I was a little surprised to learn that this one here won an Oscar. Yes, I'm sure this was quite shocking when originally viewed a few weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack but today the film seems rather rushed. I never really got caught up in any of the actual story as I felt other films did a better job at talking about these events. While watching this short I also kept wondering where exactly it was trying to go as the story goes back and forth a little too much for such a short running time.


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