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Movie, music in patriotic program

Seventy years ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting for freedom abroad, while Hollywood was stirring up the patriotic feelings back home.

Among the popular World War II-era movies was "The Fleet's In," a musical comedy starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton. Also appearing in the movie was the Jimmy Dorsey band with vocalists Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell.

On Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Auditorium in Massapequa, you can attend a free showing of the 1942 movie, hosted by Long Island filmmaker and film historian John Carpenter. To get you fully in the flag-waving spirit, the Lady of Lourdes choir will sing a few patriotic songs, including Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." The program starts at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 516-541-3270.

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