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Poster: pgwodehouse Date: Jan 24, 2016 11:53am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Incorrect release date for "It's Everybody's War"

The Prelinger Archives lists the release date for "It's Everybody's War" as 1945. The IMDB lists the release date as November 6, 1942.

There are some clues in the film that this was released well before 1945. Henry Fonda, who narrates, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November, 1942. He served on the USS Satterlee, and participated in the Normandy invasion, the invasion of Southern France and air-sea rescue patrols in the Pacific. It is extremely unlikely that Fonda would have been made available to narrate a motion picture in 1945. And if he did, his credit would have included his naval rank.

The movie discusses the fall of the Philippines, but does not mention any of the American Pacific victories that began occurring in early 1943: the Battle of Guadalcanal or the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, etc. Most striking is that they do not mention the second Battle of The Philippines. That began with the Battle of Leyte, which began on October 20, 1944 and continued through the end of the war.

The film also has a scene where local gossips start a rumor that the Japanese mistreat prisoners of war -- and the film explains it is right to miscount such rumors. In January 27, 1944, the U.S. government informed its citizens of the Bataan Death March.

The U.S. Government used information about the Japanese mistreating U.S. POWs to increase patriotism (often using very racist posters, etc.). It would be very strange for a propaganda film from 1945 to tell people that the Bataan Death March was just a "rumor".