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“The notion that Germany or Russia have aggressive designs on the United States is laughable,” said Communist Party leader Earl Browder. “Chaplin should make a movie about decadent bourgeois capitalist democracies before they land in the ash dump of history.”
Chaplin was unavailable for comment. Despite protests “The Great Dictator” continues to draw audiences.
“I thought the movie wasn’t as good as his other stuff,” said Arnold Smith, 35, an unemployed engineer from New York. “But so what if it’s a satire of Hitler? Aren’t dictators fair game for comedy?”
Reporters asked Smith if Secretary Hull should have apologized for the movie.
“He did what?” said Smith. “It’s just a movie for crying out loud. Doesn’t he have better things to do? Any idiot knows the government didn’t make the movie and who cares what they think of it, though maybe Hitler does. He’s not such a funny guy when you get down to it.”
The German-American Bund and other protesters are now demanding that “The Great Dictator” be pulled from theatres and that Charlie Chaplin be arrested and tried for slander. One protest sign in Chicago read: “Death to Chaplin and All Enemies of Our Fuehrer and the Reich.”
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