It's Christmas morning, and pre-teens Billy and Ginny have expectations of what they will receive as gifts, Ginny a bicycle and Billy a railroad set. Instead, they receive war bonds as a ...
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This Pete Smith Sports Champion short visits Southern California where it quickly moves from orange orchards to the mountain snow playground at Big Pines L.A. County Camp for some winter sports including sledding, skating, and ski jumping.
It's Christmas morning, and pre-teens Billy and Ginny have expectations of what they will receive as gifts, Ginny a bicycle and Billy a railroad set. Instead, they receive war bonds as a gift from their mother, who explains to them that the war bonds will help what their father is fighting for, and may even pay to save his life is he were wounded. Although she could afford to give them a traditional gift plus the war bonds, she further explains that excessive consumption should not be flaunted during war time, as men and women not only fight for their country, but work in support of the war effort. Bette Davis, who portrays the mother in the just described scene, comes out of character, and as herself, implores the viewer to purchase war bonds and stamps.Written by
It's 1943 and the war is still in doubt, so everyone has to do his or her part, even youngsters. The way we can all help is with buying war bonds to finance the war's expense. That's what Betty tells her two kids in front of the X-mas tree. After all, a war bond could even help their dad who's serving overseas. Even now this short-short (3-minutes) packs a motivating punch. And who better to deliver the patriotic message than the compelling Betty Davis. And when the little girl suggests a bicycle along with a bond, Betty points out that a bike would require manpower to manufacture when people are needed for arms manufacture. So even America's vaunted consumer industry is constrained. All in all, it's a revealing holiday peek during the sacrifices of WWII, along with a personal note from Betty.
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