While at an amusement park, two men try to win the heart of a young lady. They compete with each other while attempting to find her runaway dog, and they race to ask her mother's permission to take her up in a hot air balloon.
A photo studio operator seems only interested in flirting with women. After slapping at his advance, a women phones her husband to come kill him. Unsure what to do, Harold randomly enters the studio and is offered to 'manage' the store.
This two-reel short tells the tale of the effects of the Monroe Document in a historical and historical-fictional manner, and its effects---fact and fictional---in North and South America...and Europe and,how through the years, various U.S. Presidents have upheld it in various ways. The ending has Theodore Roosevelt delivering a speech that probably left the viewing audiences, in various countries, talking about it in various languages.Written by
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Seen today the Monroe Doctrine is a short subject that casts that piece of
foreign policy issued in an address to Congress. The new republics of Latin
America shook off the increasingly weakening rule of Spain when the country
was preoccupied with its own survival during the Napoleonic wars. The powers
in Europe not wanting any more of this revolution business wanted to see
Spanish rule destroyed, a really mind boggling proposition when you think
One power did not and that was Great Britain. They wanted to open up those
new markets in South America to trade and as a sea power that was their
living. They wanted to make it joint declaration.
President James Monroe and his Secretary of State and successor John Quincy
Adams said thanks but no thanks. Nevertheless in 1823 we could make a bold
declaration, but it was the British fleet at that time that gave it some teeth.
Charles Waldron plays Monroe and Grant Mitchell is Adams and we get to see
Sidney Blackmer doing his patented Theodore Roosevelt imitation. I really was
amused when the Venezuelan boundary dispute is cited and it only says "a foreign power" was trying to take over Venezuela in 1894. The unnamed power was Great Britain, but President Grover Cleveland decided to negotiate
this one and cooler heads prevailed in Great Britain as well. No way was Hollywood going to put out anything bad about Great Britain in 1939.
The Monroe Doctrine has been also used to justify intervention in these Latin
American republics, the latest being in 1965 when Lyndon Johnson went into
the Dominican Republic which was of course after this film was made.
The film is certainly an attempt to give the rosiest possible interpretation of the use of this famous statement of foreign policy.
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