Unknown Soldier Speaks is a fascinating example of 1930s liberal rhetoric, courtesy of writer (and later director) Robert Rossen. Assembled by a firm called Lincoln Productions, this 70-minute oddity is told from the point of view of the "spirit" residing in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. The ghostly narrator recalls the horrors of WWI, then warns that the same horrors could well be inflicted on the world so long as despots like Hitler and Mussolini hold sway in Europe. There is also a swipe against the oppression directed at American Negroes in the Depression Era. Despite the bleakness of its early scenes, Unknown Soldier Speaks ends on an optimistic note, with the hope that America will be able to straighten out its problems, and, by extension, the world's problems. Alan Bunce, later the star of radio's Ethel and Albert, is the narrator.
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