Cuba has put its military on show as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years since revolutionaries repelled America’s Bay of Pigs invasion….
This film warns that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into “suckers” by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. This thesis is rendered more powerful by the ever-present example of Nazi Germany, whose capsule history is dramatized as part of this film. There’s a great deal of good sense in this film and more than a bit of wartime populism: “Let’s not think about ‘we’ and ‘they.’ Let’s think about ‘us’!”
It’s interesting to think of this film in the light of Cold War anti-Communist politics, which really came into their own in the year this film was made. Were the witch-hunting politicians and citizens of the late Forties and early Fifties protecting the people, or were they themselves acting like “suckers?”
Producer: U.S. War Department
Sponsor: U.S. War Department
Produced by the National Association of Manufacturers in 1940, this film offers a rebuke to communism.
Teenage Jerry has been wooed by the anti-capitalists down at the plant, so Grampa Robinson gives Jerry a long talk about the history of the town, which has been built – just like America – on capitalism.