Feb. 15, 1944:
Notes of an Innocent Bystander
“The Sullivans” … This is the movies’ memorial to the five Sullivan boys who died in the same sea action. It’s tender and moving and resists the temptation to cry too much. Thomas Mitchell and Anne Baxter are tip-top and so are the five lads who impersonate the Sullivan heroes … “Song of Russia” is full of good intentions, meaning to show how full of fight and moxie the Sovvys were when the Huns came. But the filmmakers figure Robert Taylor’s love for Susan Peters tops the defense of Russia, which isn’t what Stalin has been saying.
The annual radio editors’ poll (via The Billboard) for the fifth consecutive year elected Fred Waring’s show the top 15-minute event, which is what we’ve said all along.
FDR was severely criticized for having a message in Bibles sent to servicemen. Bibles sent during the last big war contained one from Wilson.