Film, "germany Calling."

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

asked the Minister of Information whether his attention has been drawn to a recently released short film by his Department entitled "Germany Calling"; for what purpose this cleverly cut picture was intended to ridicule the German army; and whether he will stop propaganda tending to underrate the enemy's strength?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Yes, Sir. This short film which occupied two and a half minutes in showing was an effective squib at the expense of Hitler, and I do not think that it was out of place. I am most firmly opposed to any propaganda which is intended to under-rate the enemy's strength: but I feel that it would be a mistake to exclude ridicule altogether from the weapons of propaganda.

Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

Has the Minister seen this film, and does he think that British troops engaged in fighting the Germans appreciate this type of film, which shows the German army cake-walking and doing other ridiculous things to jazz tunes?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I have seen the film. The hon. Member must remember that this little film ridicules Hitler and makes him a figure of fun. I think that the British troops who have seen it enjoyed it thoroughly. It has been sent to Moscow, and I am told they are absolutely delighted with it.