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The Hoaxters (1952)

So called snake oil salesmen at carnivals are often used as the symbols of hoaxters. There are much more globally sinister hoaxters in the form of world leaders of totalitarian regimes, ... See full summary »

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Herman Hoffman
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Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Erskine ... Narrator (voice)
Howard Keel ... Narrator (voice)
George Murphy ... Narrator (voice)
Walter Pidgeon ... Narrator (voice)
Dore Schary ... Narrator (voice)
Barry Sullivan ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Taylor ... Narrator (voice)
James Whitmore ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Winston Churchill ... Himself (voice)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
William Green William Green ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
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So called snake oil salesmen at carnivals are often used as the symbols of hoaxters. There are much more globally sinister hoaxters in the form of world leaders of totalitarian regimes, leaders such as Adolf Hitler, who promised of a bright new world in order to gather support. A longer term hoax than that of Naziism is Communism, the two which, despite being on a different political spectrum, are compared for their ideological similarities, including being anti-religion, being one party systems, advocating violence as a means to an end, and treating their general populace as slaves. Since the beginning of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union, their government has changed their "west friendliness" policy seven times, each time a measured change to reach their goal of global domination. Since that latest change, the end of WWII, steps taken by freedom striving nations, most specifically the United States, are told in combating that goal of Soviet Communist global rule, advancing ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The credits show the title 'The Hoaxters' change from typeface to stylized letters composed of tools of oppression and tyranny, with concentration toward Nazi and Communist symbols. The 'H' is made up of a Machine Gun/Knife combination, the 'O' is a Noose, the 'A' is made up of a Whip crossed with a Blackjack, The 'X' becomes a Swastika, the 'T' becomes a Gallows, the 'E' a combination Sickle and Hammer, the 'R' is shaped from a Ball and Chain, and the 'S' becomes a rattlesnake. See more »

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Title Card: The film you are about to see is an objective report. This film is based on fact, documented by history, and presented in the cold photographic light of events that have actually occurred.
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Sickening Propaganda Piece
30 November 2007 | by reader4See all my reviews

The Hoaxters only rates a four out of ten. The production value is very high, and it has big-name stars doing the narration, but the subject is so repugnant that it is almost nauseating to watch.

I'm glad it wasn't listed as a Documentary, because it is certainly anything but. Its purpose is indoctrination, pure and simple. It is sort of the American version of a Leni Riefenstahl film, except that her films are a lot more upbeat and enjoyable to watch.

It starts out equating Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito. Then, the first banner headline word zooms across the screen: "COMMUNISM" Almost immediately, Stalin is equated with the first three. "All dictators are the same," is chanted throughout the film at intervals in between segments of the narration.

The film is a classic example of what George Orwell termed "double-think." It rails against "The Big Lie" while at the same moment spouting some of the most incredible whoppers I have ever heard! Just a minor example is J. Edgar Hoover, the King of Blackmail, stating that he would never want to see anyone publicly embarrassed as a result of his investigations.

At one point, it is railing against dictators and the one-party system, and in the same breath has the nerve to show film footage of Senator Joseph McCarthy!

The thing I personally found most offensive was its presentation that all the anti-war protests at the White House were engineered and funded by the International Communist Party, and that as soon as Stalin and Hitler had a falling out, the demonstrations instantly evaporated.

The film kept my interest. In fact, it is fascinating. But rather in the same morbid way as I imagine watching a train wreck taking place would be.

At the very least, "The Hoaxters" is worth watching as a lesson in history, and also as a textbook example of propaganda techniques which are still widely used and very effective today.


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