Seventh Column (1943)

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A short showing how carelessness and accidents can harm the war effort, and steps on how to avoid them.


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6 July 2020 | boblipton
| Early Pete Smith/Dave O'Brien Comedy
A Smith called Pete narrates this short about how Dave O'Brien's house is trying to kill him by explosions, suffocation, poisoning, burning.... you know, the normal stuff; but mostly by falling, and so Dave spends his time waxing the floors and taking 108s on them. .

THe title derives from Francisco Franco; during the Spanish Civil War, he announced "I have four columns outside this city, and a fifth column inside", referring to his supporters. Somehow this meaning came to also be associated with "sixth column"; according to Smith, the loss in war production due to accidents adds up to a seventh/


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31 July 1943



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