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Inflation (1942)

| Drama, Short
In this wartime MGM short, the Devil makes mischief with the U.S. economy. It's 5 months since the U.S. entered World War II and Adolf Hitler telephones the Devil for his help. No problem, ... See full summary »

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Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield)

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Buddy Adler (story) (as E. Maurice Adler), Julian Harmon (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Arnold ... The Devil
Stephen McNally ... Joe Smith (as Horace McMally)
Esther Williams ... Mrs. Smith
Vicky Lane ... Devil's Assistant
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In this wartime MGM short, the Devil makes mischief with the U.S. economy. It's 5 months since the U.S. entered World War II and Adolf Hitler telephones the Devil for his help. No problem, says the Devil, he will get Americans to buy on credit, break rationing laws, hoard as much as they can and cash in their war bonds. It includes a clip from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asking people to buy bonds and act in the best interest of the country. Written by garykmcd

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USA

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English | German

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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4 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Inflation (1942)

*** (out of 4)

WW2 propaganda short features Ester Williams in a small role in her film debut. The film tells the story of how Adolf Hitler calls the Devil (Edward Arnold) and asks to make American's start spending more money so that their war efforts can be washed down the toilet. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Stephen McNally, Williams) begin a shopping spree not knowing what they're doing to the country and their souls. It's rather amazing to see how far these shorts would go in terms of the war and one can't imagine any actors doing something like this today. Arnold wasn't the biggest star in Hollywood but he did have countless lead roles at MGM and was a fairly well known face. He is quite good in his role of the Devil and you can tell he's having fun. Williams is pretty much centered in a thankless role but she isn't too bad.


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