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Fifty years before it furnished the title for a bad Bette Midler movie, For the Boys was a biweekly film magazine that provided news and entertainment for the troops fighting World War II—a sort of Entertainment Tonight for the men and women in khaki. It was produced by the Frank Capra-led Army Pictorial Service, which also made documentaries and propaganda movies. In a program called “For the Boys (and Girls): The Army-Navy Screen Magazine,” National Archives public film programmer Tom Nastick will show several video excerpts from the institution’s collection of these films and will discuss the history of For the Boys and its era. Guaranteed: no footage of Midler or co-stars James Caan and Norman Fell. At noon at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 105. Free. For reservations call (202) 501-5040. (Mark Jenkins)

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