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Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

  1. Anatole Litvak

    Director

  2. Frank Capra

    Director

  3. Anthony Veiller

    Writer

  4. Eric Knight

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Walter Huston

    Walter Huston

    Narrator (voice)

  2. Max Schmeling

    German paratrooper (archive footage)

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Why We Fight: Prelude to War
Why We Fight: Prelude to War

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  • May 27, 1942
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Original Language English

Runtime 0h 53m

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