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I Am an American (1944)

Approved | | Short, History | 23 December 1944 (USA)
A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and ... See full summary »

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Crane Wilbur

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Crane Wilbur
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (uncredited)
Gary Gray ... Thomas Jefferson Kanowski (uncredited)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Judge Kanowski (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Haymes ... Himself (uncredited)
Danny Kaye ... Himself (uncredited)
Joan Leslie ... Herself (uncredited)
Victor Mature ... Himself (uncredited)
Mary Lee Moody Mary Lee Moody ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Dennis Morgan ... Himself (uncredited)
Knute Rockne Knute Rockne ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jay Silverheels ... Indian (uncredited)
Arturo Toscanini ... Himself (uncredited)
Woodrow Wilson ... President Woodrow Wilson (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A hypothetical married Polish couple arrives in New York in the early 1840's and walks to Ohio where they settle and prosper and raise children. The man loses an arm in the Civil war, and with every new war, also loses members of the ever-expanding family. The family is seen as typical of other families from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds who give their sons to the armed services out of patriotism. Written by Max

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Genres:

Short | History

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Featurettes (1944-1945 season) #1: I Am an American See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #1266A. See more »

Goofs

When Feyador breaks out into dance at the Fourth of July parade (3m,58s), the narrator says, "Feyador could speak no English then...," but you can clearly see Maria's mouth saying "Stop, stop!" in English. See more »

Soundtracks

(Shout! Wherever You May Be) I Am an American
(uncredited)
Written by Ira Schuster, Paul Cunningham and Leonard Whitcup
Sung by a chorus at the end
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America's propaganda to boost WWII morale...
18 April 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Propaganda was sometimes pretty heavy-handed during the WWII years and "I Am An American" demonstrates this point to perfection.

It's about as flag waving as you can get, but taken in the context of those war years, it's understandable that every major studio in Hollywood was coming up with films of this ilk.

It also happens to be a sketchy history lesson, encompassing so much of America's history in fleeting montages devoted to the discovery and building of a great country, peopled by all nationalities. It's obviously a "united we stand, divided we fall" kind of philosophy that sets the tone for the film.

DENNIS MORGAN is pictured at a morale boosting rally to sell war bonds and delivers a very patriotic speech in professional fashion.

Obviously, this was intended as Warner's salute to Americans during the height of WWII. It follows the history of a Polish family and its contributions to the war effort through the sacrificing of many young men to fight various wars.


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