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The Friendship Train (1948)

Two years after the end of World War II, many people in France and Italy were still ill-fed. Washington newspaper columnist Drew Pearson decided to launch a program that would help feed ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
... Himself
... Himself
Charles Luckman ... Himself
Earl Warren ... Himself (as Governor Warren)
Frank Tessier ... Himself
Drew Pearson ... Himself
G.G. Atkinson ... Himself
Bill Plummer ... Himself
Ed White Buffalo ... Himself
Henri Bonnet ... Himself (as Ambassador Bonnet)
Dwight Green ... Himself
Henry J. Kaiser ... Himself
William O'Dwyer ... Himself (as Mayor O'Dwyer)
Pierre de Gaulle ... Himself


Two years after the end of World War II, many people in France and Italy were still ill-fed. Washington newspaper columnist Drew Pearson decided to launch a program that would help feed those who were those still hungry in these countries and other places in western Europe. It would not be a government program like the Marshall Plan. Rather, it would be a people-to-people effort, with contributions from individuals. Pearson met with the Association of American Railroads; steamship lines; leaders of labor and agricultural groups; radio and the press; and the motion picture industry. He persuaded them to publicize the program and to donate their time and facilities to transport the foodstuffs that would be collected. The result was the Friendship Train. This short film documents the Friendship Train's voyage from Hollywood across the country to New York City, as well as the initial delivery of food in France and Italy. The journey began on 27 October 1947, and ended in New York City on ... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Title Card: [opening title card] This is a glimpse into the very heart of America - a record of what American men, women and children did in true friendship to give hope and strength to the famine-driven peoples of Europe. No pleas, no urging, no promptings rallied these people to meet the cry of need. United by the common bond of human sympathy they responded with a mighty volume of food and a priceless cargo of good will. This is in thanks to the hundreds and thousands and millions who joined...
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Wings Over the Navy
Music by Harry Warren
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Decent Short
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Friendship Train, The (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent documentary starts off telling us that the people of Italy and France are still in trouble due to the lack of food. Just a few years after WW2, the countries find themselves suffering with the lack of funds to keep everyone fed so in America the "Friendtrip Train" was designed. The mission was to start in L.A. and travel to NY, collecting as much food as possible. We learn that when the train left L.A. it had eight cars worth of food but at the end of the trip it was at two-hundred and seventy. This is a fair short that works in a few different ways. The biggest is getting to see the various cities that the train stops at. We get thousands of people waiting and getting to see these old towns was pretty interesting. Another plus was seeing the train kick off with Eddie Cantor doing some work and Harry Warner on hand since this was apparently his idea. This 14-minute short really isn't anything overly special but it is interesting just to see how a few things were in 1948.

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