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Military Newsreels 1942, Issue 16
Hollywood Stars Join The U.S. War Effort In Promoting War Bonds
Hollywood's most famous film stars leave the film capital to help the Government sell War Bonds. Irene Dunne, Ronald Coleman, Hedy Lamarr, Greer Garson - all part of a contingent of some 50 screen celebrities, giving their time and talents to aid the National War Effort. The Country has asked the people to invest a billion dollars in one month to help pay for the war. And here is start of the drive; boarding a special train for Washington, they'll tour 300 cities from coast to coast. Go to any city that agrees to subscribe at least one million dollars.
Yes, in Democratic America everybody is doing his bit. There goes Jimmy Stewart on his way to enlist, one of the most popular stars on the screen. Joining the Air Force as a Private, Jimmy has now won promotion. Today, he is LT. Stewart USA. That husky young Negro, en route to an Army Induction Center is the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Joe Louis, the boy who beat Max Schmeling; the Army can use that fighting spirit and Joe Louis is now a Corporal of Cavalry, somewhere in the West.
From all walks of life, even from the Nation's highest tribunal, a Supreme Court Justice Lt. Col. Frank Murphy answers his Country's call. A veteran of the last war, he saw service overseas. Back in uniform, the Judge is again ready for duty at the front. Movie goers of years ago will remember Jackie Coogan. Charlie Chaplin made him famous as "The Kid". Well, Jackie is in the Air Force now - a Staff Sergeant and qualified glider pilot. A movie star of modern times is sworn into service. Tyrone Power, hero of many a daring exploit on the silver screens of the World. He'll now play his greatest role as a leatherneck Marine. Somewhere in Egypt, President Roosevelt's eldest son James, sees was as a Major of Marines. Today, that experience stands him in good stead; for communiques report Major James Roosevelt is with the Marines, battling in the South Pacific.
Franklin Roosevelt Jr. is in uniform. His fellow officer is Douglas Fairbanks Jr., a Lieutenant in the Navy. Young Doug, like his famous father, every inch a man, is serving with the fleet. Clark Gable, at 41, renounces his throne as America's most popular film star to join the United States Army Air Force. Enlisting as a Private, his ambition - to become a crack aerial gunner in the crew of a bomber. The only son of General John J. Pershing wins his promotion from Private to 2nd Lt. The Army Chief of Staff, General Marshall, personally awarding the commission - General's son up from the ranks.
Yes, Movie Stars arriving in Washington to help sell War Bonds, are all working for the same cause. The parade down Pennsylvania Ave. is a pageant of patriotism. Bing Crosby in a Scout Car. Jimmy Cagney. Abbott and Costello, popular comedians of stage, screen and radio. They all assemble on the Treasury steps to launch the drive for funds. Greer Garson, Jimmy Cagney, Ann Rutherford, Irene Dunne, Hedy Lamarr - and how that crowd lines up to buy bonds from their favorites. They buy, knowing that every dollar invested helps send in more planes, tanks and ships to the United Nations. This is the people's way of saying, from the home front to the battle front. From Movie Stars to sales clerks, America's 130 million citizens are eager to help.
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