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Entertaining the Troops(1989)

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  • Entertaining The Troops

    • Will
    • 9/15/16

    The first to go overseas during World War Two under the U.S.O, banner and in fact, he helped come up with the original idea for the U.S.O. Got malaria, nearly died and went right back out, entertaining the troops at hospitals and military camps across the U.S.A. and Canada, when the government said, no more U.S.O. overseas trips. Tireless efforts to contact, at home front, families letting them know he had personally been in touch with service men and women, and relayed messages of love and best wishes. First to go Again in 1950 to Korean War front, at serious risk to his failing health which eventually cost him his life. Why is Al Jolson so poorly represented in these documentary films? Some say its because he was so disliked, among other entertainers for being outspoken, as to what was Really going on in places like Korea, real war, blood, horror and death. NOT a police action as the public was being led to believe. Some say, its because he took serious risks and went to front line fighting areas, where little or no film footage was taken. Sitting in jungle fox holes and freezing muddy dug outs during the battles, with men under fire. Al Jolson. A great entertainer and more importantly, a great humanitarian, sadly left out of these films.

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    • will
    • 11/17/13

    Great fun watching these fantastic entertainers give there all. Joe e. Brown went so hard, they had to send him back to the States seriously sick. What can you say about Bob Hope. He spent the rest of his Life entertaining service men and women. Correct me if Im wrong. They left out the great Martha Raye. she not only entertained days, also spent endless nights (she was a registered nurse) in the operating rooms. she s the only entertainer so honoured as an officer and buried in ARLINGTON CEMETARY. And what about AL JOLSON the first to go overseas in WW2 then in KOREA IN 1950.

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