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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, May 3, 1941

May 3, 2011 | 11:42 am

  May 3, 1941, Nazi-Backed Iraq Battles British  

  May 3, 1941, Comics  

May 3, 1941: Novelist James Hilton fills in for Lee Shippey, who is recovering from surgery. (I must say, I’m impressed by the number of authors among Shippey’s friends).

Tom Treanor, who was killed covering World War II for The Times, files a report from Curacao, noting that Royal Dutch Shell maintains the world's third-largest refinery there. He watches the tankers leave for England and speculates on their chances against the Nazis.

“A certain number of tankers, loaded with high-octane gasoline, turn red and a certain number of seamen, a large number, die for England. It made us feel funny watching them go out so slowly and so bravely, so steadily for England,” he says.

BELLS TO 12-year-old Roddy McDowall for his one-man campaign, which broke down studio red tape and landed his chum, Wells Wohlwend, a 20th Century-Fox stock job, Jimmie Fidler says. 

Also on the jump: Bruce Russell’s editorial cartoon on fighting over Iraq’s oil.

  May 3, 1941, Editorial Cartoon  

  May 3, 1941, Lee Shippey  

  May 3, 1941, Tom Treanor  

  May 3, 1941, Jimmie Fidler