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Film / The Fighting Generation

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"He's asleep now. His name is Johnny. Private First Class, badly wounded on Saipan. As a nurse's aide, I see many cases like this."
Nurse's Aide

The Fighting Generation is a 1944 public service announcement short film produced for the U.S. Treasury Department and intended to encourage war bond sales, directed by an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jennifer Jones as a nurse's aide.

The film can be watched (alongside another wartime PSA, A Message of Importance) on YouTube here.

This film features examples of:

  • The Faceless: We see Johnny lying in a hospital bed, but we never see his face.
  • Minimalist Cast: The film only features Jennifer Jones's character and Johnny.
  • No Name Given: The nurse's aide's name isn't mentioned.
  • Title Drop: At the end of the nurse's aide's speech.
    Nurse's Aide: So let's all of us do a little something extra too, and buy that Bond beyond the one we've planned for. Surely that isn't too much to do... for the fighting generation.