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Marshall Plan Filmography (MPF)

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Title: YOUR EIGHTY DOLLARS
Filmography Code: YED-1
Archive/Control Number: NARA/306.08997
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: VT. Also VM 1056.
Type of Material: Motion Pictures
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD
Film Date: 1952
Description: Sound (English), b&w, 27+ min. During its nearly 4 years of operation, the Economic Cooperation Administration disbursed some 12.5 billion dollars in grants and loans to put Western Europe back on its feet again after the war. This film is a report to the American people on how their 80 (per capita) tax dollars were spent and what they accomplished. Western Europe, the source of America's political and cultural heritage, found itself ravaged by war and unable to start on the road to recovery without massive outside help. Lack of work and food caused widespread despair and the Continent was rife for the blandishments of Communism. European leaders recognized the danger, as did the American government. That is why the Marshall Plan was launched. Its successes are presented in roughly chronological order - the year-by-year increase in agricultural and industrial output, the resurgence of trade within Europe, and trade with the United States and other nations, thus promoting restoration of confidence in the future. French Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Buron reviews the progress in a long on-camera statement, as does Secretary of State George Marshall. Addressed to an American audience at the height of the Cold War, the film characterizes the accomplishments of the Marshall Plan largely in the rhetoric of the day: In effect: our aid saved Western Europe from Communism and built strong allies who are now helping us in the Korean War. They stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in NATO, ready to fend off the Soviet threat in Europe. Though rather routinely put together, YOUR EIGHTY DOLLARS may be the most useful film in the collection if one wants to understand the Marshall Plan as seen by Americans at the time. 1952. Produced by the MSA Film Section, Paris, for MSA Washington. NB: See “STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD (series)” for more information. NARA ref. copy: VT. Also VM 1056.
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