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What kind of presence does The American Legion have on the Internet Movie Database?

True to the Legion’s near-century of presence in and effect on American life, a trip to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) website, www.imdb.com, and a search for "American Legion" reveals a host of movie and TV listings mentioning the Legion. "The American Legion Drill Team of Chicago" performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1969; various filmed Legion parades are mentioned, as far back as 1929; an uncredited "American Legion Band" performed in the 1941 Frank Capra film "Meet John Doe."

Watching these old episodes and movies might prove trickier; one possibility is YouTube. Perhaps a highlight of the IMDB search results is "Battle of Broadway," a 1938 20th Century Fox film in which "two American Legionnaires on convention in New York share adventures and rivalries in and around showbiz." Watch the film, orginally uploaded by OLDTIMETVANDMOVIES, here. At 3 minutes in, the Legion emblem is clearly visible behind the plant owner; at 17 minutes, the original song "Legionaires" begins. And "Louise Hovick" – one of the co-stars – was the early screen name of actress/dancer Gypsy Rose Lee.

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