Cinema: Movies for Armies

Last week, Hollywood brayed happily as it contemplated its first assignment in the colossal epic of national defense. Announced by the War Department was a $200,000 allotment for Hollywood-made training films—ten-minute shorts to educate doughboys on how to greet an officer, how to don a gas mask, how to load a howitzer, other essentials of soldiering. Picking up its cue like a trooper, the industry called out its restless, time-marking, six-month-old Motion Picture Defense Committee, headed by Paramount Vice President Y. Frank Freeman.

The Army wants from Hollywood within a year 100 reels,...

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