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Inflation (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Short
In this wartime MGM short, the Devil makes mischief with the U.S. economy. It's 5 months since the U.S. entered World War II and Adolf Hitler telephones the Devil for his help. No problem, ... See full summary »

Director:

Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield)

Writers:

Buddy Adler (story) (as E. Maurice Adler), Julian Harmon (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Arnold ... The Devil
Stephen McNally ... Joe Smith (as Horace McMally)
Esther Williams ... Mrs. Smith
Vicky Lane ... Devil's Assistant
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In this wartime MGM short, the Devil makes mischief with the U.S. economy. It's 5 months since the U.S. entered World War II and Adolf Hitler telephones the Devil for his help. No problem, says the Devil, he will get Americans to buy on credit, break rationing laws, hoard as much as they can and cash in their war bonds. It includes a clip from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asking people to buy bonds and act in the best interest of the country. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debuts of Stephen McNally, Vicky Lane, and Howard Freeman. See more »

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Edward Arnold is Devilishly Good
8 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

WW2 short from MGM about the Devil (Edward Arnold) conspiring with Hitler to wreck the U.S. economy. He plans to do this by making Americans buy things on credit, ignore rationing laws, and cash in their war bonds. That Devil sure is a stinker! The point of this short was to make American at home think about how they could help the war effort by keeping the economy strong.

I love patriotic WW2 shorts like these. It avoids being too preachy and delivers its message in a clear and entertaining way. Edward Arnold is terrific. Just the year before he was fighting Satan in The Devil and Daniel Webster, now here he is playing him and doing a wickedly delightful job. It's a great short that anybody who enjoys WW2-era material should love. Also features Esther Williams in one of her earliest roles.


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