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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 »


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)


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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Release Date:

5 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
[opening title card]
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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Entry of the Gladiators
(1897) (uncredited)
Written by Julius Fucík
Played during the opening scenes
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hoaxters, The (1952)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM short is pure propaganda, which ranks right down there with Triumph of the Will and various other films. The film tries to show claims that Communist and anyone wanting to make money are no different than Nazis. This film runs just over 30-minutes and I'm sure at the time it had its heart in the right place but it's very dated today and some of the films claims are just downright silly. Howard Keel, George Murphy, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan, Robert Taylor and James Whitmore narrate various parts of the film. Technically speaking the film is very well made but that doesn't add to the entertainment value.

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