Strange Victory


1h 15m 1948

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1948
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Sep 1948
Production Company
Target Films, Inc.
Distribution Company
Target Films, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m

Synopsis

The film discusses post-war religious and racial bias, particularly against Catholics, Jews and African Americans, and maintains that this discrimination makes the recent war-time victories seem hollow. The roots of World War II and Hitler's rise to power are traced. Footage from the war's end is shown, as well as scenes depicting the Nazi concentration camps and other atrocities of war. Because of Jim Crow attitudes, the film states, African Americans will find little or no place in medicine, aviation, architecture, engineering or big business.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1948
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Sep 1948
Production Company
Target Films, Inc.
Distribution Company
Target Films, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

This film was apparently the only one produced by Target Films, Inc. The film's title comes from the narrator's statement that the United States' victory in the war was "a strange victory with the ideas of the loser still active in the land of the winner." According to the New York Times review, compiled footage was taken from "newsreels, fact films and Russian pictures." According to the Variety review, new material was shot in and around New York City. The Variety reviewer also noted that the "menace of Communism" is not addressed by the film. An updated version of Strange Victory was released in 1964. That version added the voices of Martin Luther King, John Lewis, Boyard Rustin and other civil rights leaders.