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Design for Death (1947)

Approved | | Documentary | 1947 (USA)
An Academy Award winner for best documentary, the film opens with a notice that..."Exhibition of confiscated Japanese film material authorized by permission of the Alien Property Custodian ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Fleischer (uncredited)

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (as Theodor S. Geisel), Helen Geisel
Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kent Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Hans Conried ... Narrator (voice)
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An Academy Award winner for best documentary, the film opens with a notice that..."Exhibition of confiscated Japanese film material authorized by permission of the Alien Property Custodian in the public interest under License No. LM 979"...and was assembled from hundreds of captured newsreels, historical dramas and propaganda films. While revealing the steps that Japan took that led to Pearl Harbor, it goes back 700 years to the feudal caste system, a peasant revolt suppressed after the Samurai murdered over 40,000 people, to Admiral Perry forcibly opening Japan to foreign trade, to the perversion of converting the Shinto religion of nature-worship to that of a fanatic state creed that preached the Japanese were a Master Race and the Emperor was a sun-god to be blindly obeyed. The film carried no credit for a director, while Richard Fleischer shared the Producer credit with Theron Warth. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Exhibition of confiscated Japanese film material authorized by permission of the Alien Property Custodian in the public interest under License No. LM-979. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Approved
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First collaboration between Dr. Seuss and Hans Conried. Conried went on to play the title role in Dr. Seuss' feature film, 'The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T,' as well as lending his voice to numerous television specials based on Seuss' books. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1947 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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