The Hollywood Propaganda of World War II

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Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 245 pages
During the Second World War, over 300 Hollywood motion pictures were produced that, in one way or another, bore the propaganda imprimatur. These popular movies -- and they consistently glorified the achievements of the American fighting man while vilifying all the members of the Axis pact -- and fostered morale on the Home Front and stood as tangible reminders that Old Glory, mom, apple pie, and the St. Louis Browns would emerge victorious from this global conflict. But how successful was Hollywood's effort? Citing numerous examples of flag-waving dialogue, Professor Fyne has produced an in-depth study that examines these WWII movies, analyzing many motifs, stereotypes, fiction-as-fact, distortions, and prevarications that permeate this genre. His book lists the ten best titles of the war and discusses such topics as the World War I influence, the different approaches toward the Italian, German, and Japanese military machines, the glorification of the Soviet forces, the image of the Chinese nationals, the light-hearted B-comedies, musicals, and Westerns, plus the American GI's inner frustration with his fabricated photoplay image. For historians, film watchers, or social commentators, this book, complete with elaborate filmography, offers important information about Hollywood's role in shaping the Home Front mores.
 

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Contents

PROPAGANDA AND HOLLYWOOD
1
THE GATHERING STORMS
14
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR HOLLYWOOD ATTACKS JAPAN
31
THE ASSAULT ON THE FATHERLAND
73
WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AMERICAS RUSSIAN AND CHINESE ALLIES
102
SINCE WERE ALL AWAY THE FOLKS LEFT BEHIND
114
THE BS FINEST HOUR OUR SIXTYMINUTE UNSUNG HEROES
130
DISTORTIONS PREVARICATIONS FICTION ASFACT REFLECTIONS ON PROPAGANDA
148
WORLD WAR II PROPAGANDA FILMS DECEMBER 71941AUGUST 151945
163
CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF FILMS
220
SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
228
INDEX
231
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
246
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About the author (1997)

\Robert Fyne (Ph.D., New York University) is an associate professor of English at Kean University. He has delivered several papers on wartime propaganda and is the author of several articles which have appeared in such journals as Film Library Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television. He currently serves as the book review editor for Film & History and is the author of Long Ago and Far Away: Hollywood and the Second World War (Scarecrow, 2008).

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