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DEALERS IN DEATH

This 1934 anti-war documentary, updated in 1939. tells the story of the companies that became rich selling weapons in World War I.

Narrated by Basil Ruysdael. This still informative documentary examines the role of munitions manufactures in the instigation and continuation of global war. The films describes the inner workings of many munitions factories  in Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, Japan and the United States. One of the many interesting topics covered is the arms deal' in which French and German munitions manufactures had political clout not to have cities bombed where their plants were located. They then proceeded to sell weapons to the "enemy" thereby prolonging the war and their profits. The penchants of the arms makers for inciting war scares to promote sales.  Another unusual aspect cover by the film is the cost of killing a man-$25.000!

The film makes grim predictions about the future if warfare, too many of which have come to pass in our lifetime.

The films major message is war is good for corporate profits, then as now.


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