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Main Street Today(1944)

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  • The Nation's Ideal War Community -- Part One

    • SSSCubed
    • 11/11/17

    The story behind the film -- from "150 Years of Meriden" by the Meriden Record-Journal Newspaper. "There was a story behind the story. The Metro-GoldwynMayer motion picture company had collaborated with the War Manpower Commission to produce a morale-building motion picture entitled "Main Street Today." It was the second picture of this type produced by the company. Seeking for the proper community in which to hold the world premiere, the producers consulted War Manpower Commissioner Paul V. McNutt, and the choice fell on Meriden because it best met the standards which had been set up. At that time, early in 1944, 80 manufacturing companies here were supplying the sinews of war on an enormous scale. Almost complete conversion to war production had been achieved.Wallingford and Southington in this area had more than 50 other plants engaged in war output. The local population had increased from about 40,000 at the beginning of the war to more than 46,000. The roll of war workers could muster at least 20,000, 54 per cent of whom were women. More than 5,000 Meriden men and women were serving in the various branches of the armed forces. At the same time, the home front was manned by nearly the entire resident population. Even those who had retired from employment years previously had found niches for usefulness.There were other factors, too, which weighed in the selectionof Meriden for this honor. jQne of the most important was the prevailing harmony in interracial and industrial relationships. More than 60 per cent of the people here were either foreignborn or born of foreign or mixed parentage. These racial stockshad mingled without friction.

  • Wow...main St Today

    • Patricia FRONCEK
    • 2/16/13

    I wish this could be shown in every movie theatre as a short. We need to return to a Patriotism such as this!

  • Very Dated, but a Certain Charm

    • Every Oscar Ever
    • 2/17/12

    This review can be found at the Every Oscar Ever project at http://everyoscarever.blogspot.com/2012/02/main-street-today-1944.html"Main Street Today" is one of the many short films produced during World War II that was made to encourage American citizens to support the war effort in some way, whether through enlistment, buying war bonds, or displaying greater patriotism. "Main Street Today" tells the story of a town that has grown upset at the government's request to add an additional shift at the factory, before one individual reminds the town of its patriotic duty.Films such as "Main Street Today" are quite dated, and it is difficult to imagine a time in which these films could be effective. They tend to come across as quite naive and a bit ridiculous. Yet so many of these films were made that they must have been effective to some degree. "Main Street Today" isn't one of my favorites of the type, as it comes across as especially corny and over-the-top.I will likely never understand the appeal of films such as "Main Street Today," since I was born several generations after the generation that it was made for. While there is a certain charm in these shorts, I'm afraid they're just not my cup of tea.

  • Main Street Today

    • Tom in Fla
    • 1/7/11

    Great Wartime Short about a small town stressed by a man power shortage and increased production demands. It has a nice touch with one of the citizens reading a note from his son on the battlefront. The cast includes Ray Collins (who later played Lt Traig on Perry Mason)

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