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  4. Titanic (Tobis Filmkunst, 1943) French language poster

    This 1943 motion picture version of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic was a German propaganda film made during World War II, commissioned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

     The premiere of the movie was postponed, as the theatre was bombed by the Royal Air Force the night before the event.  Goebbels later banned the film.

     
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  6. Thanksgiving, 1942. Image: Library of Congress

     
  7. ppsh-41:

    British sailors of the HMS Exeter, York-class heavy cruiser (along with a submarine crew member on the far right) having a laugh in 1939. 

    (Source: ppsh-41, via generallynautical)

     
  8. To Hell with Hitler (Film Alliance of the United States, 1940)

    AKA Let George Do It; Starring George Formby – One of the best and most successful of the George Formby vehicles. The toothy, guitar-strumming Formby plays a dimwitted entertainer who is mistaken for a notorious Nazi spy. The misunderstanding is played to the hilt, culminating with our hero battling the forces of the Axis on the fields of Norway. (allmovie)

    George Formby and Hal Gordon in Let George Do It

    George Formby and Hal Gordon in Let George Do It

    VIDEO: George Formby; Count Your Blessings and Smile from Let George Do It

     
  9. Rainbow Island (Paramount, 1944)

    Starring Dorothy Lamour

    Rainbow Island is a lavish Technicolor confection designed to show off the physical attributes of star Dorothy Lamour. This time Lamour is a white girl raised as native on a tropical isle. Barry Sullivan, Eddie Bracken and Gil Lamb play merchant-marine sailors hiding from Japanese troops on Lamour’s island.

    The storyline may have had dramatic inclinations, but these are forgotten amidst several seductive musical numbers and numerous shots of Dorothy swaying in her patented sarong. Perhaps aware that no one could have taken this film seriously, Ms. Lamour plays her role for laughs, and gets them.  +

     
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  11. Reap the Wild Wind
    (Paramount, 1942)
    – Italian poster

    Reap the Wild Wind was a serialized story written by Thelma Strabel in 1940 for The Saturday Evening PostThe movie, released shortly after the United States’ entry into World War II, was a swashbuckling adventure set in the 1840s along the Florida coast, was wildly successful and proved itself just the ticket to take the minds of the American movie-going public off the war for two hours.

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    Cecil B. DeMille’s Technicolor historical spectacle was to have starred Gary Cooper, but Coop’s commitment to Pride of the Yankees compelled DeMille to cast Marion Mitchell Morrison as the leading man.

    The film is unusual among films starring John Wayne. Foremost, it is one of relatively few films in which he plays a character with a notable dark side. He had second thoughts about signing on since he was unsure how his fans would react to him being bested by a “foppish” Ray Milland. Additionally, it is also one of only a handful of feature films in which Wayne’s character is dead by the closing credits.

    The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, but took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. +

    plot synopsis on AllMovie

     
  12. HMAS Goorangai was a 223-ton auxiliary minesweeper of the Royal Australian Navy. She was sunk in an accidental collision with MV Duntroon in 1940, becoming the RAN’s first loss of World War II, and the first RAN surface ship to be lost in wartime  more

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    Doomed minesweeper HMAS Goorangai: (1940)

    (via picsofthewatch)

     
  13. Action in the North Atlantic (Warner Brothers 1947 Release) Polish

    Due to war-time restrictions on releasing American films in Europe during the war, many of the films produced during that era were not seen on the continent until well after the war was over. This poster, designed by Eryk Lipinski, was first released in Poland in 1947.

     
  14. Popeye Stock Poster (Paramount, 1943)

    Popeye the Sailor Man was a very popular cartoon character, especially during the dark days of World War II, when his optimism and strength was an inspiration to moviegoers everywhere.

     
  15. Action in the North Atlantic (Warner Brothers, 1943) Belgian movie poster c.1946 re-release

    Action in the North Atlantic is solid wartime propaganda with a rather endearing inner lining of left-wing politics, courtesy (no doubt) of scenarist John Howard Lawson, who based his screenplay on a novel by maritime specialist Guy Gilpatric. +

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