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Food and Magic (1943)

A sideshow barker uses magic and visual aids to alert the public that proper food management is both a resource and a weapon that could be to America's advantage if conserved properly in winning the then current World War.

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Mysto the Magician (uncredited)
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Girl in Audience (uncredited)
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Man in Audience (uncredited)
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A sideshow carnival barker delivers a patriotic instructional message to civilians watching the show. Through concrete examples, analogies, ans sleight of hand he demonstrates the importance of rationing and conservation of food resources for the War effort. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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18 November 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Mysto the Magician: Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's a horrifying fact that waste, sheer, needless, unforgiveable waste accounts each week for nearly two million laves of bread - bread that is ammunition as vital as bullets. Such waste must stop.
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Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

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America
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aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
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Played at the end
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Food and Magic was an effective instructional short on food rationing during World War II
19 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this instructional short on the Thank Your Lucky Stars DVD. In this one, Jack Carson is a magician at a carnival who demonstrates the importance of food rationing to his audience. He and director Jean Negulesco are effective in showing how important it was during World War II to avoid letting freshly grown fruits and vegetables go to waste, how price controls make rare items like steak affordable, and how feeding hungry soldiers contribute to their well being and morale. And it's done both humorously and with a serious purpose. So on that note, Food and Magic is worth a look for anyone interested in this sort of thing.


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