1945 - Warner Bros. Studios

Hollywood on strike - In the land of make-believe, the teargas and nightsticks were real.

October 5, 1945 – Strikes, Strikes – Balls And Strikes – And A Far-Off Place Called Saigon –

1945 - Warner Bros. Studios
Hollywood on strike – In the land of make-believe, the teargas and nightsticks were real.

October 5, 1945 – NBC News with W.W. Chaplin – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

October 5, 1945 – Although much of the country was preoccupied with the goings on over at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, there was the down-to-earth, day-to-day of Unions and Strikes all around the country.

News from Briggs Stadium where the Chicago Cubs won 3-0, putting them two games to one in their corner over Detroit. Next stop was Wrigley Field and Game #4.

Over to Hollywood where things got nasty between strikers and studio cops at Warner Bros. – several protestors were beaten, one was stabbed, automobiles were overturned and the air was filled with teargas as pickets barricaded a main highway passing the studio, stopping and detouring traffic. Several thousand movie set designers and decorators had been on strike at Warners for more than 8 months. They finally had enough of peaceful protest and took it to the streets.

The government intervened in the oil strike, seizing properties of 26 oil companies in 15 states, turning them over to the Navy. Union reaction was speedy with 43,000 oil workers ordered back to work, putting a temporary end to the strikes. The union indicated they were still on strike against the companies but were now working for the government.

Auto workers on strike in Detroit – Bakery workers on strike in Trenton, New Jersey. And strikes were looming as a telephone stoppage that affected nearly everyone attempting to make or receive long-distance calls. Although the telephone stoppage was not a strike, it was rather a demonstration to indicate what would happen if the Long-Distance Operators did decide to strike.

Disturbing news from Germany where it was discovered networks of German Youth formed as “resistance clubs”, armed and ready to take on Allied Occupation forces and were scattered from the North Sea to the Bavarian Mountains.

And buried in the middle of the newscast was a “staged” interview between an NBC Reporter and three members of a B-17 Crew who were slated to be flying commercial planes in Southeast Asia. They were interviewed in Saigon which was the scene of a growing revolt by the Vietnamese over the current government and its resumed ties with France, whom the Vietnamese wanted out in order to form an independent country, free of colonial oversight. It was added this was a situation many felt had nothing to do with America. One of the crew members remarked it had everything to do with America and that the French Army was equipped with American arms and ammunition via Lend-Lease with Britain. Preview of coming attractions.

1945 World Series
Fans could breathe a sigh of relief that the only strikes in Baseball were balls and strikes.

And that’s just a slice of what happened, this October 5, 1945 as reported by W.W. Chaplin and The News.

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