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I Am an American (1944)

Approved | | Short, History | 23 December 1944 (USA)
A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
... Humphrey Bogart (uncredited)
... Thomas Jefferson Kanowski (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Judge Kanowski (archive footage) (uncredited)
... Dick Haymes (uncredited)
... Danny Kaye (uncredited)
... Joan Leslie (uncredited)
Mary Lee Moody ... Little Girl (uncredited)
... Dennis Morgan (uncredited)
Knute Rockne ... Coach Knute Rockne (archive footage) (uncredited)
... Indian (uncredited)
... Toscanini (uncredited)
... President Woodrow Wilson (archive footage) (uncredited)
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A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and with every new war, also loses members of the ever-expanding family. The family is seen as typical of other families from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds who give their sons to the armed services out of patriotism. Written by Max

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Featurettes (1944-1945 season) #1: I Am an American  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1266A. See more »

Goofs

When Feyador breaks out into dance at the Fourth of July parade (3m,58s), the narrator says, "Feyador could speak no English then...," but you can clearly see Maria's mouth saying "Stop, stop!" in English. See more »

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The Battle Cry of Freedom
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Music by George Frederick Root
Played when Kanowski returns from the Civil War
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Nice Drama
29 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

I Am an American (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Propaganda piece is certainly flag-waiving but you have to consider that it was made during WW2. The film tells the story of two Polish immigrants who come to America and end up walking to Ohio where they start their family. The husband eventually loses an arm in the Civil War and every future war the family sends men off to fight for the land they love. This leads up to WW2 where more men must go and fight. This is certainly a very entertaining and uplifting film but I must throw in a nitpick because the movies main goal is to discuss how immigrants and great people come from all over the world yet the movie then overlooks blacks in this country who of course would have to deal with all sorts of negativity for the next few decades. For the film to preach yet leave out a group says quite a bit. With that said, this is a very good movie that certainly makes you feel patriotic, which was the entire point. Danny Kaye, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan and Knute Rockne are all seen in the film as well.


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