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Main Street Today (1944)

Approved | | Short | 25 March 1944 (USA)
This patriotic MGM short film, set in World War II has a factory owner who produces the breech block for a key piece of army artillery. The military wants to increase production by 50% but ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Karl Kamb (story), Julian Harmon (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Collins ... Otis Bird
Henry O'Neill ... Vance Clark
Addison Richards ... Fred Baker
John Nesbitt ... Narrator (voice)
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This patriotic MGM short film, set in World War II has a factory owner who produces the breech block for a key piece of army artillery. The military wants to increase production by 50% but they can barely meet their production targets as it is. Going to a third shift in the plant will need manpower, 500 in total, that is sorely missing due to the number of men in the military. The film then looks at the town's main street seeing where the workforce might come from. Their brain storming identifies 220 men but then one of them comes up with the solution: if everyone worked just a bit harder and contributed just a bit more, the war will be won. The fictional factory found its workers, mostly women who hadn't previously worked and others who already had a full time job, but also worked part-time at the plant. Written by garykmcd

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Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Van Johnson appears in a photograph. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [considering sources for employees for the plant] But how about the beauty shoppe? Some of these girls haven't worked anything but their jaws since the First World War. Just listen to 'em!
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Follows Main Street on the March! (1941) See more »

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A decent propaganda film aimed at the home front.
23 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Main Street Today" is an Oscar-nominated short that is intended to promote the war effort at home. It's set in a fictional town and shows the demands needed to produce things for the war effort--yet folks seem to come up with lots of excuses to do less and not put everything into their war production goals. This comes to a head during a town meeting--and one person after another has an excuse for doing less than 100%. However, folks are shamed when one of them reads a letter from one of their soldiers on the front lines--then, they all re-commit themselves to doing their all for America. It's all quite contrived and a tad corny--but also effective in creating a nice homey atmosphere and putting forth its message. Subtle, no...but effective. While this might not be the sort of film that would appeal to the average person today, it is a nice piece of our history and a look back at folks circa 1945.


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