CROWDS HAILS VON HINDENBURG Crowds cheer the appearance of German General Paul von Hindenburg at the start of WW I. Young girls in white curtsy before him. A photographer runs ahead to get a good shot, but crowds rush in to block his view. Von Hindenburg emerges from the crowd, his chest bedecked with medal.
GERMAN TROOPS IN WW I BATTLE German footage from WW I shows troops running through gaps in barbed wire fences. In an overhead shot, soldiers advance in a bleak landscape of explosions and smoke. CU of dirt flying through the air as shells go off.
DISCONTENT IN BERLIN DURING WW I In Berlin, a woman ladles out soup to the needy. A well-dressed but agitated man harrangues a cop on the street, wagging his finger and waving his umbrella. Citizens put money into a large collection cannister.
BERLIN SENDS OFF THE BOYS In Berlin at the start of WW I, troops, some on horseback, parade down city streets. Onlookers wave and cheer. One shot shows a daschund wearing a dog-sized pointy Prussian helmet. A woman leads a group of young soldiers in song. Another young woman pins a flower on a gruff soldier's lapel. Helmeted soldiers board a troop train.
SOLDIERS SING FOR HITLER Pan slowly across ranks of Nazi soldiers, all looking left, singing in unison. Buglers with instruments raised play the first notes of the melody. Two shots show Hitler, standing on a reviewing stand and in CU.
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN STARLETS & GIS Exterior shot of the Hollywood Canteen. Inside, many shots of servicemen dancing with starlets, including Olivia de Havilland, Marlene Dietrich, Deanna Durbin. Linda Darnell passes out coffee. Closeup of a soldier sighing. Two shots of John Garfield waiting on a table. Robert Benchley ducks beneath a tray of food. Emcee Kay Kyser spins a fortune wheel and mugs as GI kisses puckering Hedy Lamarr on forehead.
JOE E. BROWN LIFTS TROOP MORALE Variety headline about entertainers visiting World War II troops. Joe E. Brown deplanes, pantomimes comedy baseball routine for troops. Shots of Martha Raye and other starlets talking to soldiers. Al Jolson sings Mammy with pianist, intercut with shots of military audience.
SATCHMO, ROCHESTER, DON WILSON Exterior shot of CBS radio studios on Sunset and Gower. Two Asian engineers at work in radio station. Shots of the Mills Brothers performing as Fred MacMurray, Rita Hayworth and others look on. Shots of GIs huddled around a radio. Louis Armstrong and Eddie Rochester Anderson perform a radio comedy routine, followed by reaction shot of laughing black soldier. Announcer Don Wilson introduces movie star Carole Landis, who sighs for Command Performance radio show.
RADIO STARS ENTERTAIN TROOPS Radio stars entertain the troops: Great shot of Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone doing routine. A phone call from Just Plain Bill. A correct guess on the Sixty-four Dollar Question. Two shots of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Many great reaction shots of laughing GIs in audience.
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