Main Street Today (1944)

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This patriotic MGM short film, set in World War II has a factory owner who produces the breech block for a key piece of army artillery. The military wants to increase production by 50% but ... See full summary »


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15 December 2019 | boblipton
| The Home Front
John Nesbitt narrates this short about Ray Collins' factory, gearing to increase production on a part vital to the war, and how it links into a town that's busy and short-handed. He needs to hire 500 more workers, and there's no one to hire... or are there?

I've been looking at similarly pitched propaganda films from Japan recently, and find a great similarity to this movie. The difference, however, is that in Japan, the sacrifices looks like fun, and unimportant; men meet with their dead sons' commanders and joke and sing. Here, news of death in war saddens people. The sacrifice is real, but necessary... and the things given up are luxuries and idleness.

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