First Motion Picture Unit

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The First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU), later 18th Army Air Forces Base Unit, was the movie production unit of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II and was the first military unit made up of actors. It made more than 400 propaganda movies which were known for being informative as well as entertaining.[1] These movies include Resisting Enemy Interrogation, Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress and The Last Bomb—all of which were released in theatres.

Veteran actors such as Clark Gable, William Holden, Clayton Moore, and Ronald Reagan and directors such as John Sturges served with the FMPU. The unit also produced training films and trained combat cameramen. FMPU personnel served with distinction during World War II.

First Motion Picture Unit is also the eponymous title of a 1943 self-produced documentary about the unit narrated by radio and television announcer Ken Carpenter.[2]

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  1. "Oral History with Owen Crump". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1944-07-29. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  2. "Movie Room Schedule". Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-06-22.