The Shining Future (1944)
Released in 1944: A family from 1960 travels back to the WWII year of 1944 in this war promotional short created by Warner Brothers for the Dominion of Canada's National War Finance Committee (Dept of Finance) and the 6th Victory Loan.
Directed by LeRoy Prinz
Written by Mannie Manheim and James Bloodworth.
The Actors: Olive Blakeney (Mrs. Ames in 1960), Jack Carson (himself, announcer), Benny Goodman (himself, band leader), Bing Crosby (himself), Deanna Durbin (herself, singer), Cary Grant (himself), Jimmy Lydon (Danny Ames in 1960), Irene Manning (herself), Herbert Marshall (himself, narrator), Dennis Morgan (himself, singer), Harold Peary (The Great Gildersleeve), Charles Ruggles (Mr. Ames in 1960), Frank Sinatra (himself, singer), Johnnie Davis (himself), Harry James (himself, trumpet player), Gene Krupa (himself, drummer).
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Rarely in the history of the world have two neighboring countries been so close to each other. Oh, sure, our peoples disagree on many things, but like quarrelling brothers, when there is trouble around Canada and the U.S. stand shoulder to shoulder and as one they help each other in time of need. In 1944 WWII was almost over, but fighting was still tough and both the U.S. and Canada were spending money they didn't have to support their troops. Canada had 9 total Victory Loans that were financed by selling savings bonds to the general public. This Hollywood movie short was produced in 1944 to be shown in Canadian theaters before the main attraction to inspire Canadian citizens to purchase the bonds and help the war effort. In this star-studded film the narrator takes the audience from 1944 into the future world of 1960, where kids beg their parents for new rocket ships, and grumble over eating so much steak at dinner. To remind the young boy in 1960 about the struggles of 1944 the family sits around the 'Reverse-O-Scope' where they watch events from 1944 unfolding, and they happen to see a bevy of Hollywood stars singing and talking about the importance of purchasing Canadian war bonds. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Benny Goodman playing his clarinet
Bing Crosby sings in 1944, The Shining Future
Bing Crosby in the 1944 movie The Shining Future
Cary Grant in The Shining Future
Charles Ruggles and Harold Peary in The Shining Future
Charles Ruggles as Father Ames in The Shining Future
Deanna Durbin sings in The Shining Future
Canadian singer Deanna Durbin
Dennis Morgan and Irene Manning
Irene Manning sings to Dennis Morgan
Frank Sinatra in The Shining Future
Frank Sinatra belts out a tune in The Shining Future
Harold Peary as the Great Gildersleeve with Jimmy Lydon
Harry James on trumpet
Herbert Marshall in the 1944 movie The Shining Future
Irene Manning sings
Jack Carter in The Shining Future
Jimmy Lydon as young Danny Ames in The Shining Future
Olive Blakeney as Mother Ames in The Shining Future