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The Town (1945 film)

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The Town (1945 film)

The Town
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Produced by Philip Dunne
Written by Joseph Krumgold
Cinematography Larry Madison
Release dates
  • 1945 (1945)
Running time 12 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Town is a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information in 1945. It was directed by Josef von Sternberg.


The Town presents an idealized vision of American life, shown in microcosm by Madison, Indiana. The diversity of the town's ethnic origins is highlighted, noting the Czech, Dutch, German, and Italian communities, some of whom were immigrants or children of immigrants. Schools are shown to be free and open to all, as are libraries and swimming pools. The press is depicted as free. Some people are shown who don't like the current administration in Washington, and don't like the newspaper's policy, but the newspaper prints their complaint. Trials are conducted in front of a jury, for all the world to see. The prosecutor serves as the judge's opponent in the last election, and even said he was unfit for office, but they work together anyway. Everyone had the right to vote, from the store keeper, to the attorney himself. In a democracy, the only thing that is secret is the ballot.

The film ends by stating that the American people, descended from settlers in the old world, are now going back over the seas to free their homelands.

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