County, and the time was 1943 during some of
the hottest war time action in the mainland USA.
For whatever reason, lost to antiquity, the US Office of War
Information, Bureau of Motion Pictures, decided that
Sylacauga was a model town and inspiration of harmony for
I say for "whatever reason" not because Sylacauga wasn't a
fine specimen, but because it was in the backwaters,
compared to navy yards and aircraft factories.
The point of the movie is to show how a community should work
as hordes of war workers flood the town, and Sylacauga
responds by organizing to make everyone feel welcome.
There is no way I can know how much of the movie is actually
Sylacauga. The film makers of the day were somewhat liberal
with the bonafide facts. Hopefully you may know someone more
familiar with the area who can answer the question. For
local history buffs, though, this little piece of history is
a real gem and worth looking at. Chances are, someone knows
someone who knew someone in the film you are about to see.
Wouldn't it be great if we could identify folks still living
who were in it?
I could not resist making this movie available for you after
I discovered it. My reasoning is that due to "people creep"
wherein our good Calhoun County residents have mixed with
the good citizens of Talladega County over the years, then
this makes it ok to feature Sylacauga as it used to was in
1943. Besides, it's old, which is good, and what's the harm?
This isn't to say that you should follow suit, however.
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When Work Is Done
Running Time: 8:55
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presentation of When Work is Done and see historical
Sylacauga as it used to was way back in wartime 1943.