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The Hoaxters (1952)

So called snake oil salesmen at carnivals are often used as the symbols of hoaxters. There are much more globally sinister hoaxters in the form of world leaders of totalitarian regimes, ... See full summary »

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Herman Hoffman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marilyn Erskine ... Narrator (voice)
Howard Keel ... Narrator (voice)
George Murphy ... Narrator (voice)
Walter Pidgeon ... Narrator (voice)
Dore Schary ... Narrator (voice)
Barry Sullivan ... Narrator (voice)
Robert Taylor ... Narrator (voice)
James Whitmore ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Winston Churchill ... Himself (voice)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
William Green William Green ... Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
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So called snake oil salesmen at carnivals are often used as the symbols of hoaxters. There are much more globally sinister hoaxters in the form of world leaders of totalitarian regimes, leaders such as Adolf Hitler, who promised of a bright new world in order to gather support. A longer term hoax than that of Naziism is Communism, the two which, despite being on a different political spectrum, are compared for their ideological similarities, including being anti-religion, being one party systems, advocating violence as a means to an end, and treating their general populace as slaves. Since the beginning of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union, their government has changed their "west friendliness" policy seven times, each time a measured change to reach their goal of global domination. Since that latest change, the end of WWII, steps taken by freedom striving nations, most specifically the United States, are told in combating that goal of Soviet Communist global rule, advancing ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The credits show the title 'The Hoaxters' change from typeface to stylized letters composed of tools of oppression and tyranny, with concentration toward Nazi and Communist symbols. The 'H' is made up of a Machine Gun/Knife combination, the 'O' is a Noose, the 'A' is made up of a Whip crossed with a Blackjack, The 'X' becomes a Swastika, the 'T' becomes a Gallows, the 'E' a combination Sickle and Hammer, the 'R' is shaped from a Ball and Chain, and the 'S' becomes a rattlesnake. See more »

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[opening title card]
Title Card: The film you are about to see is an objective report. This film is based on fact, documented by history, and presented in the cold photographic light of events that have actually occurred.
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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played during the cemetary scene
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"Beware of the Phony Patriot"
23 January 2000 | by BrianNSee all my reviews

This is a nifty little piece of American Cold War propaganda. Much time is spent comparing the methods of the USSR to those of the WWII Axis powers.

Deeper than that, though, is the ending, which draws a clear comparison of the "medicine-man" tactics used by all those aforementioned enemies and the McCarthyites, who at the time of this film's release were in full swing.


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