|Merle Oberon Victory Book Campaign publicity photo, 1943.|
Last week on eBay I bought this 8 x 10 publicity photo. The caption on the back of the photo says, “Merle Oberon
, starring in Columbia’s ‘Attack by Night,’ collects books for the 1943 Victory Book Campaign
. The photographer was credited as Tad Gillum, May 1943.
It was an official photo from the movie studio, so I guess Columbia wanted to promote itself as well as the book donation program. I tried looking up the name of the film, but couldn't find it listed anywhere online. Maybe the title changed before it was released.
A friend recently sent me a book that was published by Reader's Digest in the 1960s, Humor in Uniform: Jests, Jokes and Witty Anecdotes from the War Years
. It includes this bit: “Merle Oberon, the actress, visiting the wounded in London, asked one soldier, ‘Did you kill a Nazi?’ The soldier said he had. ‘With which hand?’ Miss Oberon asked. She decorated his right hand with a kiss. Then she asked the next patient, ‘Did you kill a Nazi?’ ‘I sure did!’ came the answer. ‘I bit ’im to death!’ —Walter Winchell