This episode presents a tribute to the USO on its 20th anniversary and to those of the entertainment world who have given their time and performed for the American armed forces at bases at home and abroad, in peace and war. In 1942 the late Al Jolson led the first USO unit overseas to entertain the troops. Films of that trip and many others that followed are highlights of this hour-long tribute and a number of USO headliners are on hand to talk about their experiences. Dick Powell comments on films taken aboard the carrier Intrepid, where the audience is listening to a crooner named Dick Powell. Marilyn Monroe narrates clips of her tour of Korea, Jack Benny remarks on his rendition of "Love in Bloom", Merle Oberon, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Thomas, Joe E. Brown and Danny Kaye talk about trips during World War II and the Korean War. Frances Langford recalls her stint with the Bob Hope troupe, Bob himself is on hand to view himself in such activities as a duet with Bing Crosby of "Mairzy Doats" and Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme recollect their recent journey to Berlin and discuss the shows and services of the USO Today. Also seen on this filmed memoir, Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Phil Silvers, Dinah Shore, Edward G. Robinson, Leo Durocher, Martha Raye, Ray Bolger, Kay Kyser, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell and Marlene Dietrich singing at a night club in liberated Paris. Former Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower appear briefly to applaud the patriotic spirit of show people.moreless
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