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Spies (1943)

Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is engaged.

Director:

Chuck Jones (uncredited)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Private Snafu / Adolf Hitler / Pigeon / Spies (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The doltish but self-confident and self-congratulatory Private Snafu is in possession of a military secret during World War II. Over the course of the day, spouting rhymed couplets, he divulges the secret a little at a time to listening Axis spies. He tells his mom some of the secret when he calls her from a phone booth; the rest he spills to a dolly dolly spy who plies him with liquor. Snafu's loose lips put himself at risk. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Animation | Short | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Snafu: Spies See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the World War II exhibit of the International Spy Museum. See more »

Quotes

Snafu: It's a cinch to keep a secret, if a feller just takes care.
Moose Head: He's zailing on a troop ship, now vee gotta find out vere!
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Followed by Censored (1944) See more »

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Powerhouse
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Music by Raymond Scott
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Spies (1943)
7 September 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Spies (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The third film in the War Department's attempt to teach soldiers certainly lessons. Sprivate Snafu is trained on what one shouldn't do because you never know where spies might be listening. As with the first two films, this clocks in under four minutes so there's certainly no major plot or character development. The only thing you really need to know is that the Snafu character was an idiot who constantly did the wrong thing. This includes giving small hints that someone could put together to find out important information. The War Department must have known a dunk soldier is the worst thing as that's the main focus here. Overall there's certainly nothing great or awful about this picture. It's certainly entertaining but at the same time it doesn't have anything special that makes it a classic. It's certainly interesting since it was an education tool during WWII.


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