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Army Champions (1941)

This MGM short, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, focuses on the young men who have signed up to serve their country. Speed, teamwork and accuracy are the hallmark of all army ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Vogel (as Paul C. Vogel)

Writer:

Julian Harmon

Star:

Pete Smith
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Uncredited cast:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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This MGM short, part of the A Pete Smith Specialty series, focuses on the young men who have signed up to serve their country. Speed, teamwork and accuracy are the hallmark of all army units and this is demonstrated by different army squads - a rifle squad, a machine gun squad, a mortar squad, anti-tank gunners and shore batteries - all of which work with the fluidity of athletes and athletic teams. Written by garykmcd

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Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)
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aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
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Performed by studio orchestra
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Speed, Teamwork, Accuracy
5 May 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Pete Smith doesn't display much of his trademark snark in this Academy-Award-nominated short, in which he tries to convince the audience that the sort of physical training that American youths got in high school sports will enable them to fight in the forthcoming war.

1941 saw the first peacetime draft -- my father went into the army well before Pearl Harbor -- and all the studios were preparing for war by turning out short propaganda pieces like this. The Academy was responding by handing out a lot of Oscars for non-fiction short subjects.

Pete offers some straightforward information, a couple of jokes and a bit of double-talk, in which Bouncing Betties become Leaping Elizabeths. It's fast, it's furious and the visuals are all undercranked to make the recruits look faster and more formidable. Very slick.


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