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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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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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Short | History

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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 »

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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 »

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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

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
aka "The Red, White and Blue"
Traditional
Played at the WWII rally
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Nice Drama
29 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

I Am an American (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Propaganda piece is certainly flag-waiving but you have to consider that it was made during WW2. The film tells the story of two Polish immigrants who come to America and end up walking to Ohio where they start their family. The husband eventually loses an arm in the Civil War and every future war the family sends men off to fight for the land they love. This leads up to WW2 where more men must go and fight. This is certainly a very entertaining and uplifting film but I must throw in a nitpick because the movies main goal is to discuss how immigrants and great people come from all over the world yet the movie then overlooks blacks in this country who of course would have to deal with all sorts of negativity for the next few decades. For the film to preach yet leave out a group says quite a bit. With that said, this is a very good movie that certainly makes you feel patriotic, which was the entire point. Danny Kaye, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan and Knute Rockne are all seen in the film as well.


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