Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.
This MGM short, part of the Crime does not Pay series, focuses on industrial sabotage during wartime. After a valuable shipment of manganese is blown up at a plant, the FBI try to find out ... See full summary »
Joseph M. Newman
At a residence hotel, Patsy is moving in with Thelma. Thelma has prepared some rules, including singing whenever one feels quarrelsome or angry. Although Thelma tells Patsy that they'll ... See full summary »
A cautionary training film for those who operate and repair heavy equipment. We watch vignettes of men taking short cuts in their work, doing things they aren't trained for, neglecting to ... See full summary »
In Sleepytown, cross-eyed Sam Smith and Mary Brown are about to get married. But the scoundrel, Jim Jones, wants Mary for himself. Jim uses a publicity still that Sam sent away for against ... See full summary »
This Traveltalks visit to St. Louis starts with a brief historical overview, stops at some architectural landmarks, touches on the importance of the Mississippi River to the city, and finally visits the Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park.
The US Marine Corp has always been a physically fit group of people, but modern warfare has required them to be ever more so. Many of the enlisted are trained by Major R.E. Hanley, better known in some circles as former Northwestern University football coach Dick Hanley. He uses many of the same training techniques he used to train his all-American football players. Other marine training is demonstrated, such as one-on-one combat. Marines are still required to perform formal duties, hence they must still learn traditional maneuvers such as drills.Written by
A hilarious (unintentionally so) Pete Smith short film that documents the training techniques of a group of rugged marines. The film points out the similarities between the conditioning exercises used by athletic teams and those of the military, and it juxtaposes footage from a football practice with that of basic training.
All of the testosterone-fueled machismo is absurd, and it makes our fighting men look like fools. But the film is also kind of scary in its embrace of violence and the glamour with which it treats the ability to kill another human being. Of course I know that's the whole point of basic training, and that this was just one of the countless short films used as propaganda pieces during the war, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing.
But for those who are interested, the film will instruct you how to "zap a Jap, nix a Nazi, and fricassee a Fascist." Put that on a resume.
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