The All-Star Bond Rally (May 10, 1945)

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The All-Star Bond Rally
 

Released on May 10, 1945: A promotional film short for the U.S. Treasury Department to encourage the purchase of E Series War Bonds to finance World War II.

Produced by Fanchon

Directed by Michael Audley

The Actors: Bob Hope (himself, host), Betty Grable (herself, pin-up girl), Frank Sinatra (himself, singing with the Harry James Orchestra), Bing Crosby (himself, singer), Vivian Blaine (herself, pin-up girl), Jeanne Crain (herself, pin-up girl), Linda Darnell (herself, pin-up girl), June Haver (herself, pin-up girl), Harry James (himself, musician orchestra leader), Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee), Marian Jordan (Molly McGee), Glenn Langan (himself), Faye Marlowe (herself, pin-up girl), Harpo Marx (himself, comedian and harpist), Carmen Miranda (herself, pin-up girl), Almira Sessions (herself, woman in audience next to Fibber McGee), Jane Nigh (theater ticket girl)

 

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The Value of Giving

One of the things that makes a person, a community, and even a nation become better today than yesterday is the feeling of gratitude, and in reaction to the gratitude for the things we have, giving a bit of what we have to someone who needs it. Every time I give . . . whether it is money to a beggar, friend, or neighbor, or a hug to someone in pain, or a smile and a compliment to someone with the blues . . . I am planting a good seed that will grow and multiply and sometime, somewhere, somehow return to me in a harvest that is much bigger than my original gift of money, love, or aid that I gave someone else. Of course, this is also true for the anger, hatred and revenge that I give - it also grows and comes back to smack me in the butt one day . . . but that is another story. In 1945, before the era of television, the best way to reach the largest audience with a message was to make a short movie that would be shown before the feature presentation in the movie theaters around the world. This movie promotion to encourage Americans to purchase war bonds to help the government finance the war was first shown on May 10, just two days after the German surrender on May 8, but the movie was filmed weeks before when there was no hint of victory in Europe yet, and even when the movie hit theaters war was still raging in the Pacific with Japan. At the request of the U.S. Treasury Department, Twentieth Century Fox created this 18 minute star-studded promotion to encourage the purchase of war bonds to help the treasury pay for the war supplies that it purchased for troops in battle. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Betty Grable salutes
Betty Grable salutes
Betty Grable
Betty Grable
Betty Grable
Betty Grable
Bing Crosby off stage
Bing Crosby off stage
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Carmen Miranda
Carmen Miranda
Faye Marlowe
Faye Marlowe
Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber McGee and Molly
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Harpo Marx
Harpo Marx
Harpo Marx playing his harp
Harpo Marx playing his harp
Harry James and his orchestra
Harry James and his orchestra
Jeanne Crain
Jeanne Crain
Jim and Marian Jordan
Jim and Marian Jordan
June Haver
June Haver
Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell
Vivian Blaine
Vivian Blaine