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The Nazis Strike(1943)

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This film was subtitled "Project 6001; Information Film #2." The opening of this film includes the following statement: "The scenes contained in this picture came from authenticated sources such as American newsreels, official United Nations' films, and enemy motion pictures now possessed by the War Department." The film ends with a quotation from Chief of Staff George C. Marshall (see entry for "Prelude to War" for complete quotation) and a "V for Victory" symbol. According to government records housed at NARS, work began on the scenario on April 1, 1942, and an answer print was submitted for approval on January 5, 1943; the production cost $54,728. Charles Boyer recorded narration for a French version in the Spring of 1943, and Columbia Pictures Corp. provided services and materials necessary for cutting sound effects, scoring and dubbing the film. In addition to newsreel footage, Hollywood stock shots, captured German films and material provided by Allied governments, the film included footage shot by Lt. Col. Anatole Litvak at the Twentieth Century-Fox studio and footage from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will. Maj. William Hornbeck and Maj. Samuel J. Briskin were also involved in the production. According to Film Daily, the first public showing took place May 4, 1943 at the inaugural meeting of the Cinema Lodge of B'nai B'rith in New York. In its review of the fourth film in the Why We Fight series, The Battle of Britain, Variety notes that the datedness of The Nazis Strike negated its commercial value.