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WWII

To Duck or Not to Duck

Director: Charles M. Jones
Country/ Year: USA 1943



It’s the beginning of a wonderful enemyship between Duffy Duck and hunter Elmer Fudd who tries to prove himself as a sportsman, on the green and in the ring. But Duffy is simply a knockout.

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The Great Alaskan Mystery

Director: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
Country/ Year: USA 1944



It’s not mysterious (story), it’s not great (acting & budget) and it’s not set in Alaska (apart from the first episodes). Otherwise the Universal serial brings enough spunk and pithiness to pass the time.

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Three Came Home

Director: Jean Negulesco
Country/ Year: USA 1950



The ambitioned adaptation of Agnes Newton Keith’s memoirs as prisoner of war defeats its time-bound impetus due to the complex impersonations by Claudette Colbert and Sessue Hayakawa.

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The Spirit of ’43

Director: Jack King
Country/ Year: USA 1942



“Thanks to Hitler and Hirohito” Uncle Sam demands “taxes to defeat the Axis”. So Donald sticks to the advice of a prototypical Scrooge McDuck and gives the devil his due. Time to punch and pay.

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At War with the Army

Director: Hal Walker
Country/ Year: USA 1950



Somehow Jerry Lewis must have thought that concentration camps and mass murder were a funny combination. Those who just won’t be amused by that get some homophobia to laugh about. Haha.

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The Stranger

Director: Orson Welles
Country/ Year: USA 1946



Loretta Young’s unsuspecting wife is closer too the enemy than she imagines. Much closer than Edward G. Robinson’s title figure, who peaks behind the small town facade and that of her husband.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Director: Roy William Neill
Country/ Year: USA 1943



Arthur Conan Doyle would have marveled at his detective donning a nazi uniform; of course, only as ploy to protect the titular McGuffin. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Lionell Atwill shine out.

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British Intelligence

Director: Terry O.Morse
Country/ Year: USA 1940



Nationalities, identities and loyalties change hasty among Boris Karloff and the others protagonists of the decent spy flick, that takes the infiltration of the home as metaphor for that of the country.

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Black Dragons

Director: William Nigh
Country/ Year: USA 1942



US ministers are found on the stairs of the japanese embassy, US business moguls are nowhere to be found and both are dead! Bela Lugosi’s hypnotizing stare and the auspicious time of action spell YELLOW PERIL to those, who yet don’t know the titular crime club from „Let’s get tough!“.

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