Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So They Tell Me - circa 1919

American movie. So They Tell Me, circa 1919, skewers the top headlines of its day, the World War I era.
Crude animation attempts to punctuate the sardonic and off-color humor supplied by political raconteur Warren W. Brown(?). Though the jokes are somewhat esoteric by today's standards, the tone straddles between bombastic entertainment and nativist propaganda.
Targets include labor activist Eugene Debs, Prohibition, the League of Nations, the Wobblies, Russian & German instability, the Bolsheviks, and fat women in bathing suits and burnt Christmas pudding.
An interesting snapshot of the mood of the US during the war at the beginning of the last century, WWI.

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