Hollywood Wants You
The most famous version of Uncle Sam appears in the 1917 Army World War I recruitment poster by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg. The finger pointing “I WANT YOU” Uncle Sam painting was itself a copy of a British recruitment poster of Lord Kitchener.
The familiar U.S. icon lives on in countless parodies, re-workings, and other artistic interpretations, not the least of which is the use in film advertising over the years. Whether it’s John Belushi as “Wild Bill” in Steven Speilberg’s ill-fated war comedy 1941, or Bill Murray moving from Saturday Night Live into the Army (and movie super-stardom) in Stripes, the familiar recruitment style finger pointing has been called into service many times. It’s even been used to help get Burt Reynolds laid.