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War Comes to America (1945)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 14 June 1945 (USA)
Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Directors:

Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Credited cast:
Dean Acheson Dean Acheson ... Self (archive footage)
General Bergeret General Bergeret ... Self (archive footage)
A.A. Berle A.A. Berle ... Self (archive footage)
Arno Breker Arno Breker ... Self (archive footage)
Neville Chamberlain ... Self (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Self (archive footage)
Galeazzo Ciano Galeazzo Ciano ... Self (archive footage) (as Galleazzo Ciano)
Édouard Daladier ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Edison Charles Edison ... Self (archive footage)
Francisco Franco ... Self (archive footage)
Joseph Goebbels ... Self (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Hermann Göring ... Self (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ... Self (archive footage)
Heinrich Himmler ... Self (archive footage)
Hirohito ... Self (archive footage)
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In this final installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, the subject focuses on the United States of America. We learn of its good qualities and the things worth fighting for. With that established, we learn of the history of the United States' population shifting opinion towards siding with the Allies against the Axis until the attack on Pearl Harbour which brought America into full scale involvement in the war. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Trivia

In the year 2000, the United States Library of Congress mandated that this film (and the other six documentaries in the 'Why We Fight' series)were "culturally significant" and selected them for preservation in the National Film Registry. See more »

Goofs

Twice there appears an animated clip showing about a dozen fully-equipped US troops in gray silhouette marching briskly left to right over a background graphic; however, a close look shows the "soldiers" actually wearing narrow-brimmed office-worker-style civilian hats rather than army helmets. See more »

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[the film explains the dire consequences for the United States of an Axis victory in Eurasia]
Narrator: German conquest of Europe and Africa would bring all their raw materials, plus their entire industrial development, under one control. Of the two billion people in the world, the Nazis would rule roughly one quarter, the 500 million people of Europe and Africa, forced into slavery to labor for Germany. German conquest of Russia would add the vast raw materials and the production facilities of another of...
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Soundtracks

My Country 'tis of Thee
(uncredited)
aka "America"
Music from "God Save the King"
Traditional
Played at the end
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War Comes to America is excellent conclusion to Frank Capra's Why We Fight series
10 November 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Today is November 10. That's Veteran's Day for this year since the usual 11th fell on a Saturday. It's for this occasion that I chose to watch the last of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series: War Comes to America. Walter Huston serves as the elder statesman narrator giving the history of our country from Plymoth Rock to Pearl Harbor. He tells how people of most nationalities have helped to make our country great and how we suffered and triumphed. Through a combination of news footage and recreations we also see what actions from Germany and Japan led us to battle with them. There's also some wonderful use of songs like Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Kern and Hammerstein's The Last Time I Saw Paris (with vocals that sound like Judy Garland), and Berlin's This is the Army. So to anyone who wants to watch what it was like in the mid-20th century, I highly recommend War Comes to America. Oh, and if you happen to meet a veteran, by all means thank him or her!


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14 June 1945 (USA) See more »

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