Author: Gary Phillips

Abbott and Costello shine in second service comedy—with a little help

With the comedy duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello leading the way, January’s Buck Privates was a box office smash. Now, just a few months later, Universal has brought the comedy duo back – alongside some new faces – for yet another service comedy. In the Navy, directed by Arthur Lubin, is the latest wartime flick bringing laughter to audiences across the country, a worthy but unofficial sequel to Buck Privates. The new movie, released on May 30, immediately pays homage to the original film when Abbott and Costello, in sailor’s uniforms, hoist a flag that reads “Bud...

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Girl Scouts across the country aid war effort

When most Americans think of those fighting the war sweeping the globe, they think of soldiers. Most are young men, ideally in peak physical condition. They wear uniforms while carrying weapons and even more responsibility, all issued by the United States military. It is these soldiers who are at the forefront of the war, serving America in the struggle against the Axis Powers. These are the men who are leading the charge. On the homefront, however, is a very different kind of fighter. Like those overseas, they too wear uniforms and bear responsibility for the war effort – but...

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Allies using unconventional aerial methods to gain an edge

At first sight, a balloon may not seem all that intimidating to a Nazi soldier. But these inflatables are causing a great deal of damage in German-controlled territories. Operation Outward is a plan set in motion by the British that will see nearly 100,000 free-flying, hydrogen-filled balloons make their way across the English Channel to parts of Nazi-ruled Europe. The British are using two types of balloons for. Some carry incendiary devices that are meant to start fires in forests and farmlands, while others will be trailed by long steel wires that can short-circuit high-voltage power lines. The British are...

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U.S. begins rounding up Japanese-Americans after executive order issued

Imagine a country where people are forced from their homes and stripped of their liberties – their only crime being different from the majority. Think of Hitler’s persecution of Germany’s Jewish population. Consider Stalin’s Soviet dictatorship, which imprisoned his political opponents. Now think of the United States, where fear of the country’s Japanese population has reached a new high. While America will undoubtedly refrain from such purges, the country has joined its European and Russian counterparts in discriminatory imprisonment. On Feb. 19, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all people of Japanese ancestry residing on the West Coast to leave their...

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Merchant Marine: The war’s riskiest form of service

The open water seems calm. There is a light breeze as merchant marine sailors walk the decks of a United States fleet. Off in the distance, small waves crash into the European coast. It is these few miles at sea that will determine whether or not the passengers on board reach the beach as well. The enemy could be lurking just below the surface, ready to strike at any moment. Somewhere in these waters could be the Germans, ready to attack by way of submarine. Torpedoes could fire away at any minute, sinking the sailors and the cargo aboard,...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.