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Hemp for Victory (1943)

| Documentary, Short
An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

Director:

Raymond Evans

Writer:

Brittain B. Robinson (subject matter)
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Credited cast:
Lee D. Vickers Lee D. Vickers ... Narrator (voice)
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An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Was required viewing for all US farmers during WWII by federal mandate. See more »

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Narrator: For the sailor, no less than the hangman, hemp was indispensable. A 44-gun frigate like our cherished Old Ironsides took over 60 tons of hemp for rigging, including an anchor cable 25 inches in circumference. The Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners of pioneer days were covered with hemp canvas. Indeed the very word canvas comes from the Arabic word for hemp. In those days hemp was an important crop in Kentucky and Missouri. Then came cheaper imported fibers for cordage, like jute, sisal and ...
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Hemp for Victory was an interesting propaganda short from World War II
20 August 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This American government propaganda short, Hemp for Victory, was made during World War II in order to show the positive uses for the plant hemp like to make ropes for use on military ships. This is a far cry to the most recent past when Woody Harrison praises hemp as a drug for recreational use! We're also told and shown places where hemp is grown like in Kentucky and Missouri and how they get cut by harvester machines. Not once does the narrator mention its smoking use! I'm not sure I understood everything that was said and done in the short but I did get how important to the war effort the plant was. Having watched this on Internet Archive, the only disappointing thing here was when the film ended 3 minutes before the actual soundtrack was over. Someone wasn't very careful with the dubbing there!


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