The Tanks Are Coming (1941 film)

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The Tanks Are Coming
Directed by B. Reeves Eason
Produced by Gordon Hollingshead
Written by Owen Crump
Music by William Lava
Cinematography Bert Glennon
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • 1941 (1941)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Tanks Are Coming is a 1941 American Technicolor short film. It is primarily a recruitment movie, but can also be regarded as a propaganda movie or a documentary with some light relief. Like Dive Bomber (of the same year) it is a pre-Pearl Harbor movie, made with the co-operation of the relevant branch of the US armed forces, showing off US military material to the US public, in lavish Technicolor, this material is shown in motion, both on the road and in the field; training equipment and methods are also featured.

It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 14th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel).[1]


New York taxicab driver Malowski (George Tobias) and his cab Betsy enlist in the "First Armored Force" and get caught up in large-scale mechanized maneuvers, the tanks featured in the short were the U.S Army's M2A4 light tank and the M2A1 medium tank.

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A young Richard Egan appears uncredited in a few scenes and has a few lines, he enlisted in the Army in 1942 and achieved the rank of captain. He started his actual film career in 1949.[2]


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