Tuesday in November

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Tuesday in November
Directed by John Houseman
Music by Virgil Thomson
Distributed by Office of War Information
Release date
  • 1945 (1945)
Running time
17 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tuesday in November was a propaganda short about the 1944 United States presidential election produced by the Office of War information for overseas distribution. It is meant to explain how the democratic process in America works.

The film begins with a small town schoolteacher who takes the day off to supervise the local election committee with representatives of the two major parties. Their first visitor is the local milkman. The camera stops at the booth curtains, because every election in America is secret, but then takes an "imaginary" look about what goes on inside the voting booth.

The film then follows standard civics book descriptions of the three branches of government, checks and balances, and the political parties. The narrator notes two previous war time elections, 1864 and 1916, and the vigorous debate over important issues that has gone on in the country for this contest.


The Academy Film Archive preserved “Tuesday in November” in 2007. The film is part of the Academy War Film Collection, one of the largest collections of World War II era short films held outside government archives.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Academy War Film Collection". Academy Film Archive. 
  2. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive. 

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