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Ready on the Home Front

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Description "Produced by Bell Telephone in cooperation with the Office of Civilian Defense, this film shows the ways in which citizens can cooperate in defending their homes. Beginning with a map of Indiana and closing with a proclamation by Governor Schricker, the film shows such precautionary devices as black-out curtains, home fire-fighting equipment, location of a bomb shelter within the home, and cooperation with defense authorities." (War Films Bulletin of the Extension Division Indiana University, February, 1943, 4) Presents World War II as another example of when Americans have had to take arms to defend their homes. The civilian air defense is shown as supporting the military's policing of the nation's borders from air invaders. The telephone is shown to be a crucial way of connecting civilian observers to the military command. Presents a fictionalized account of how the military would mobilize and respond to an enemy bombing raid on American soil. Also presents the work of a fictionalized air warden who trains local residents on how to safety proof their homes and how he waits on phone calls alerting him of a bombing attack.
Creator Indiana Bell Telephone Company
Indiana State Defense Council
Wilding Picture Productions Inc.
Contributor Ralph Cattell: Scenario, J.M. Constable: Direction, O.P. Lippert: Camera, George Hoover: Camera, H.A. Witt: Sound, L.A. Zochling: Editing; Henry F. Schricker, Indiana governor
Date Issued 1943
Original Format 16mm film
Duration 23:56
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.
Geographic Coverage Indiana, U.S.